NEW SITE SPECIFIC GAELIC DRAMA DEBUTS IN GLASGOW
commissioned and site specific Gaelic drama will be performed in Glasgow for
the first time in February. Às an Dorchadas has been created by Catriona Lexy
Campbell working with actor Beth Frieden, Beathag Mhorisdean, Kenny Lindsay and
Sandra Steel. Together with musicians from Scotland’s ground breaking
traditional music organisation, Feisean nan Gaidheal, and Tramway, the project
comes as part of Glasgow Life’s commitment to developing world class Gaelic
from the work-in-progress at the Tron Theatre commissioned by Glasgow Life, Às
an Dorchadas recreates a night spent during a power cut on an Island which
often leads to magical nights of comedy, dramatic story telling and song
created amongst the people in a house forced to provide their own entertainment
after all lights and appliances go off. The audience at each performance will
also become involved in what will become unique and magical experiences.
of the show will be at a location in the south side of Glasgow on 25 February
2015 before heading off on tour to four other locations in Scotland in March,
April and May. The audience for each night will arrive at Tramway before being
taken to the location which is believed to be a first for Gaelic drama in Glasgow.
Dorchadas is a GlaschuBeo Commission and co-production with Fèisean nan
Gàidheal with funding from Maoin Lìonradh Dràma Ghàidhlig, the Gaelic Books
Council and Glasgow City Council.
Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Nights spent creating your own
entertainment when the power goes off will be a familiar part of life for many
people from the Highlands and Islands. Às an Dorachadas will celebrate the
creative ways people pass those hours and the very special collaborations that
can result. The site specific setting for the show will immerse the audience in
the drama and music as it unfolds for an unforgettable night.”
Lexy Campbell remembers when she was younger and living on the island of Lewis.
When the power was cut, her father would ask her and her siblings to go and
find an interesting object, book, or story from anywhere in the house and bring
it back to the fire where they would share their findings. The ensuing fun
enabled young creative minds to flourish and their imagination would run riot!
Lexy Campbell said: "Às an Dorchadas came about after spending several
weeks back home in Lewis. The weather was characteristically stormy and there
were several power-cuts. It reminded me of the many nights spent there as a
child contending with the darkness; irritated at first by the loss of telly and
electric lights but soon accepting our situation and taking joy in it. Taking
this as the basis for a piece of theatre, the cast, collaborators and I will explore
the limitations and possibilities of an electricity free play, staged in a
unique venue in the city. Our hope is to recreate some of the magic of a
power-cut for our audience as we take them in and out of the darkness."
Às an Dorchadas / Out of Darkness runs 26-28 February 2015 at an unspecified site in Glasgow. The audience will meet at Tramway before being transported to the venue. Tickets are £10/8 and are available from the Tramway box office on 0845 330 3501. Full details at www.tramway.org