Australian-born, Gaelic-speaking, Sword Balancing, Stilt Performing, Storytelling, Sculpting, Circus Fire Powerhouse
"One of the best in the country at this, if not the best", Brian Moyes, Senior Assistant Events Officer, Perth & Kinross Council, Medieval Fayre Storytelling, Perth 2018
Featured at many of Scotland's highest profile festivals & events: Lead Artist, Edinburgh's Hogmanay Torchlight Procession National Year of Young People #ScotArt Project (2018), Wigtown Book Festival (2018), Burnsfest (2018), European Championships Carnival Parade, Glasgow (2018), West End Festival (2017), Belladrum (2016), Blas Festival (2014, 2015, 2016), Scottish Storytelling Centre (2015, 2016, 2017), Aye Write (2016, 2017, 2018), Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival (2014), Merchant City Festival (2012, 2013, 2014), Glasgow Mela (2013), Edinburgh Mela (2015), Royal National Mòd (2013, 2014), Paisley Halloween Festival (2014, 2015, 2016), Irvine Festival of Light (2016)
Make Gaelic Awesome!
Because it is.
Every child should have the opportunity to link words like ‘Awesome’ with Gaelic & open the door to the vast & rich universe of Scots’ expression in Story, Song & Landscape.
“A fantastic and thrilling experience for both pupils and teachers alike. Ariel’s enthusiasm and commitment to her craft is a must for those who wish to immerse the children in the wonderful world of Gaelic.” P4 Teacher, Gartcosh Primary School, North Lanarkshire.
“ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!! One of the best, most engaging workshops I have had yet! The children absolutely loved it! I would highly recommend this to anyone!” Teacher, P4 Viewlands Primary, Perth
Choose from a variety of Workshops to excite & engage children, young people, communities & families, including four 45 min. highly reviewed, extensively toured bilingual Gaelic immersive & interactive Storytelling Theatre in Education Shows for schools, families & community groups: Sgàthach & The Gaelic Superheroes, Big Gaelic Beasties, Adventures with the Gaelic Tree Alphabet & The Real Goldilocks Story.
"Superb workshop enjoyed by all pupils”, “Clear links to a variety of curricular areas, including languages, drama, H&WB”, “Pupil with ASN very well integrated and supported – most impressed”, “Everyone was able to take part” Teacher, Gartcosh Primary
Since 2013, Ariel has delivered over 900 workshops, performances & sessions for neaarly 300 schools, communities, groups & festivals across Scotland & working directly with more than 13,000 children, young people & adults, and thousands more through her Street Theatre work - creating paid employment for over 50 Arts Workers on 30 Arts projects & events.
Linking Celtic with Contemporary & Gaelic with Fun!
"Awesome!" "Actually really cool!" "Brilliant!" "Children loved that it was a little different!" Pupils & Teacher, Caledonia Primary
Ariel is one of a rare breed of street performers with not only:
• years of professional Stilt Entertainment experience in a wide range of contexts, from community to corporate & Celtic-language cultural events
• but also extensive experience as a multi-arts workshop facilitator, designing and delivering diverse workshop programmes for children & young people in both educational and extra-curricular contexts
• up to and including directing creative consultation and content design & development for entire street theatre & spectacle parades.
Trained in Scotland, Ireland, New York, Sydney & London, including with the National Theatre of Scotland, Ariel's work is in demand for schools, parades and community & corporate festivals & events.
"Professional in every way possible" McCracken Summer School
Additionally, Ariel holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Community Arts Education from Ireland's National College of Art & Design, is a trained actor, a member of the Scottish Circus & Street Arts Network & the Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network, and an experienced Voiceover Artist and scriptwriter, focussing largely on scripted work for indoor venues incorporating a variety of circus skills, as well as street theatre. Please see Theatre Work for further details on her experience as an actor, writer and producer. Ariel also holds full PVG Membership as well as ACCESS NI certification.
"I would like to express my thanks for the fantastic experience you gave the children yesterday. All of them enjoyed it (and me too!)" Cairde Uí Néill
A direct descendent of the Shiaba McKechnie's of Mull, via her Grandmother, Jess McKechnie, and apparently, somewhat less directly, Robert the Bruce, via her great grandfather's grandmother, a staunchly proud Bruce from Dunbar, Ariel is delighted to be now work in Scots Gaelic as well as Irish. Ariel is the first known Gaelic-speaking member of her Australian family in some 150 years, and returned to Mull for the first time in 2013, on personal invitation from the local Mull and National Mod Director, Janet MacDonald.
© Ariel Killick 2018
™ Stàt Neo-Eisimeileach Sonais / Independent State of Happiness It's a State of Mind