BY MÀIRI SÌNE CAMPBELL AND CATRIONA LEXY CAMPBELL

Theatre Gu Leòr have commissioned a new play, to be written by Mairi Sine Campbell and Catriona Lexy Campbell working alongside award-winning Irish playwright and dramaturg Lynda Radley.

Wild, outspoken and buried face down on the Isle of Harris, poet Màiri Ruadh is back from beyond the grave, with one last night to resurrect the true meaning of the cèilidh. She has fire in her belly and is determined never to be silenced again.

Cèilidh is a new play full of live music, songs and stories. It is subtitled and suitable for anyone with or without Gaelic, but only those ready for a cèilidh like no other!

Community and school workshops in the areas of the tour will work on engaging audiences with their own local heritage. They will prepare a scene based on a story of their own, which will be integrated into the professional production, in the true spirit of everyone doing a turn at the cèilidh, giving each performance a unique local flavour.


Gallery: 

(production photos by Mihaela Bodlovic - aliceboreasphotography.com )



AUDIENCE FEEDBACK:

“Bha oidhche ann an Cairinis uamhasach fhein math. Well worth going to see even if you have no Gaelic as is subtitled” - Christy Ann Skivington, Carinish Hall, North Uist

“Oidhche sgoinneil aig An Lanntair an-raoir!” - Christine M Morrison, An Lanntair 

“Excellent performance in Plockton this evening. Thoroughly recommend going to see it when it is near you”   - Catherine Will 

“Well done to all of you” - Christine Primrose, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

“Bha sibh math ga rireamh. Well done guys. If they are coming anywhere near you please go and support them”  - Seonag Anderson, Eden Court, Inbhir Nis

“I absolutely loved this today. Thank you for creating such beauty. All the best with the tour” - Frances Thorburn, Glasgow 

“Chunnaic mi ann an Glaschu sibhse, 's chord e rium gu dearbh” - Linsey Fiona

"I loved how the themes of culture, language, self assertion and strong women were represented, and the Runrig Hearach  ‘anthem’ was enough to give me goosebumps!! Thanks again to all concerned for a memorable evening (followed by a moonlit drive over the Clisham) Have a good weekend, Tapadh leibh!” - Enid Astley

“Fabulous production, thank you for bringing it to Aberdeen!” - Maria Robertson

“See anyone who thinks there is no interest in Gaelic in the north east of Scotland? Well, there is. And I have just been caught out by it. I assumed I would have no bother rocking up to the Lemon Tree tonight to get a ticket for the Gaelic play Cèilidh. It's sold out!…I made it! Agus bha e fìor mhath. Well done to the cast and team. Great to have such a well attended event in the 'deen. Cùm Gàidhlig beò” - Malcolm  Combe


TOUR:

GLASGOW Tron Theatre
Wednesday 7 - Saturday 10 March

ISLAY
Bruichladdich Hall
Tuesday 13 March

LOCHABER
Caol Community Centre
Wednesday 14 March

INVERNESS
One Touch Theatre, Eden Court
Thursday 15 March

ABERDEEN
The Lemon Tree
Friday 16 March

EDINBURGH
Scottish Storytelling Centre
Saturday 17 March

ULLAPOOL
MacPhail Theatre
Tuesday 20 March

PLOCKTON
Plockton Hall
Wednesday 21 March

SKYE - KILMUIR
Kilmuir Hall
Thursday 22 March

SKYE - SLEAT
SEALL at Talla Mòr, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
Friday 23 March

OBAN
Argyllshire Gathering Halls
Saturday 24 March

BARRA
Castlebay Community Hall
Tuesday 27 March

SOUTH UIST
St Peters Hall
Wednesday 28 March

NORTH UIST
Carinish Village Hall
Friday 29 March

STORNOWAY
An Lanntair
Friday 30 - Saturday 31 March


Credits:

Màiri Sìne Campbell - Co-writer
Catriona Lexy Campbell - Co-writer
Lynda Radley - Dramaturg
Lewis Hetherington - Director

Cast:

Muireann kelly - Màiri Ruadh

Mairi Morrison  - Lisa 

MJ Deans - Eilidh 

Calum MacDonald - Eddie

CREATIVE TEAM:

Frances Collier - Designer
Michael John McCarthy  - Sound Designer/MD
John Wilkie - Lighting Designer/Production Manager

Lewis den Hertog - AV Designer

Calum Paterson - Assistant Sound Designer 

Malcolm Rogan - Lighting Technician 

Iain Hodgetts - BSL Sign Language Interpreter 

EmmaClaire Brightly - Movement Director 

Cristina Butt - Wardrobe Assistant 

Michael Hill - Vocal coach

Production team: 

Company coordinator - Seona McClintock

Creative Learning Manager - Catriona Lexy Campbell

Press & Marketing Manager - Niall Walker

Production Photography -  Mihaela Bodlovic

Company Stage Manager - Katharina Siebert

Technical Stage Manager - Craig McNeill

SMO Student Placement (Gàidhlig) - Alice Nic Bhatair


SUPPORTED BY:

Bòrd na Gàidhlig
Creative Scotland
Gaelic Books Council
National Theatre of Scotland
Scottish Government