Christmas scripts & drama games

Written by: Artair Donald & Will Murray.

Editor & Gaelic language consultant: Morag Stewart.

Illustration & design: Anna Rothach.

The text in this resource is licensed under Creative Commons licence 4.
Illustrations © Anna Rothach 2023.

These plays were produced as part of the Highland Culture Collective. through Fèis Rois. The Culture Collective was a national pilot programme that established a network of creative practitioners, organisations and communities, working together to create a positive difference locally and nationally in response to COVID-19 between 2021 – 23. Funding came from The Scottish Government through Creative Scotland.

Artair Donald was Drama Artist In Residence with the Highland Culture Collective. Artair travelled to Gaelic Medium schools throughout the Highlands, using his knowledge and drama skills to encourage and improve the children’s use of Gaelic. Over those 2 years he found there was a lack of Gaelic scripts for young people. At Christmas time, the schools would sing Gaelic songs as their Christmas show. Working with pupils at Acharacle Primary and Bun-sgoil Shlèite (2021-22), Artair developed scripts with the pupils through their work together, and presented plays based on Christmas. You can download the scripts using the link above, and use and adapt them as you please, using place names local to you, and individual situations. Artair hopes you will enjoy working with the scripts and developing them.

Thank you to Will Murray, who wrote the first play, Ceana-Ella; and to Morag and Anna for their hard work in pulling the pack together. Huge thanks also to Fèis Rois’ Gaelic Officer, Karen Oakley.

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