Muireann Kelly is originally from County Mayo in the west of Ireland. She studied drama at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Gàidhlig at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. She directed Theatre Gu Leòr’s most recent production Scotties, which was it was also co-written by Muireann and Frances Poet and co-missioned by National Theatre of Scotland and Theatre Gu Leòr. Scotties toured both Scotland and to Achill Island in the west of Ireland in Sept/Oct 2108 with the support of both the National theatres of Ireland, Abbey theatre and National Theatre of Scotland, Colmcille and Creative Scotland. She directed the award winning production of Shrapnel in 2016 and Doras Dùinte in 2014, both of which toured Scotland and also directed the National Theatre of Scotland’s Last Tango in Partick by Alison Lang at Oran Mòr in Feb 2017. At the Arches Theatre, Glasgow, she directed Lovers by Brian Friel, The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter and Bold Girls by Rona Munro,
She has taught dialect/voice work on the BA acting course and MA Theatre Studies courses at the Conservatoire and is currently completing level one course in BSL. Muireann is in her third year of a part-time MA in Learning and Teaching Gaelic Arts course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Muireann is currently on one of the Irish Art's Councils panel of peer assessors.
Muireann has most recently appeared as Màiri Ruadh in Theatre Gu Leòr's production of Cèilidh, directed by Lewis Hetherington, Outlander Season Three (Starz), Molly Bloom in the Tron Theatre's first ever adaptation for stage of James Joyce’s Ulysses which toured Ireland/Uk and China, Flora in Dundee Rep's In My Father's Words touring Scotland and off Broadway, New York, a one woman Scottish/Irish Gaelic translation of Pauline Goldsmith's Bright Colours Only, BAFTA nominated Gàidhlig drama Calum Dongle (Sorbier Ltd/BBCAlba), Leaving Planet Earth Grid Iron-EIF and Olga in John Byrne’s adaptation of The Three Sisters.
Rhona Dougall is from Oban. She started working in community and arts development when she completed her degree at the University of Glasgow. Together with Aileen Ritchie, she set up a theatre company for you people, Ignite Theatre, which was three times part of Exchange festival with National Theatre of Scotland, a which won a Philip Lawrence Award in 2008. In 2013 she started a new online magazine in Gaelic with other young speakers. Since 2014 she has been very much involved in establishing a new community cultural centre in Oban, The Rockfield Centre. She is also currently a member of the Touring Network board of directors. She learned Gaelic at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.
Creative learning artist
Mairi trained at the RSAMD in Glasgow and is also a professional singer. Theatre work includes Scotties, Cèilidh, Last Tango in Partick, Shrapnel (National Theatre of Scotland), Dunsinane (National Theatre of Scotland/Royal Shakespeare Company), Briseadh na Cloiche, (C ’s C Productions), Hallaig (Robhanis)Yellow on the Broom, Perfect Days, Whisky Kisses, The Admirable Crichton (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Away with the Birds (Trigger Stuff), Angus: Weaver of Grass (Horse + Bamboo Threatre), A Dead Man’s Dying (Òran Mòr/NTS), Jacobite Country, The Seer (Dogstar Theatre), Eat your Heart Out (Òran Mòr)
TV/Film includes Outlaw King, Bannan, Katie Morag, Briseadh na Cloiche, Dà Là san Damhair, Bad Brown Owl and extensive voiceover credits.
Mairi was also the recipient of the New Playwrights Award in 2017. Mairi will perform Bana-ghaisgich in the Finborough Theatre, London on 17th Dec 2018 and in Lewis on the 27-29th Dec 2018 as part of the Iolaire Anniversary Commemorations.
Catriona Lexy Campbell
Writer and theatre artist, Catriona Lexy Campbell, is the Creative Learning Manager at Theatre Gu Leòr. Catriona has been a theatre artist for over 12 years, working in schools and communities across Scotland and internationally. She began her career with Eden Court Theatre’s Outreach department as the Gaelic Drama Worker for Skye, Lochalsh and Lochaber. She has delivered events in theatre, creative writing and CPD for numerous organisations including Storlann, Acair, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Comunn na Gàidhlig, Aye Write, TAG Theatre, Armagh Piping Festival, Durango Azoka Festival (Basque Country), Highland Council, Theatre Hebrides, the Gaelic Books Council, Western Isles Council, Fèis nan Gàidheal, Pròiseact nan Ealain, Trongate, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Glasgow Life, BBC Scotland, Cànan, National Library of Scotland, GLOW and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
She has published novels, poetry and two plays: Doras Dùinte and Shrapnel: The Play. She was the first Gaelic Associate Artist with the National Theatre of Scotland in 2011 and her first radio play for the BBC, based on her novel Samhraidhean Diomhair, was broadcast in December 2012. She was the Writer in Residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in 2013. She has appeared in many theatre productions including Hiort: A European Opera (Pròiseact nan Ealain, 2007), The Erpingham Camp (Eden Court Theatre, 2008), The Fall of the Peacock Throne (Wildbird, 2009), Roghainn nan Daoine (Theatre Hebrides, 2010), MacBheatha (White Stag Theatre Company, 2013/14), Doras Dùinte (Theatre Gu Leòr, 2014), Às an Dorchadas (Glasgow Life, 2015) and Shrapnel (Theatre Gu Leòr, 2016).
Her first play, Doras Dùinte, was commissioned and produced by Theatre Gu Leòr and toured in 2014. Her most recent novel for adults, Cluicheadairean, was published in 2014 and she has just completed her trilogy for young adults, An t-Ionnsachadh Bòidheach (Acair). In 2015, she was commissioned to write a stage adaptation of her late father, Tormod Caimbeul’s novel, Shrapnel (Theatre Gu Leòr, 2016) which toured across Scotland in March 2016. She sits on the Council for the Scottish Society of Playwrights and works with the Scottish Writers Centre to support and promote Gaelic writing. She mentors young people through the Scottish Book Trust and as a volunteer mentor with MCR Pathways, Glasgow.
Beth is originally from New Hampshire in the USA. She studied theatre at Whitman College in the USA and Gaelic at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig before settling in Glasgow. Beth works as an actor in Gaelic and English. She loves working with new writing and physical theatre, and has performed in a variety of disciplines, from street theatre to voiceover. In 2016, she toured schools in Scotland with Fèisean nan Gàidheal's theatre in education production, Le Meas, and brought Puppet-Led Yoga to the Royal National Mòd Fringe with Theatre Gu Leòr. Beth worked recently as an actor on two of National Theatre of Scotland's Starter for 10 projects, and performed in two Testroom projects in 2017 as a puppeteer for Puppet Animation Scotland. She also works as a drama facilitator with adults and children.