Street theatre and spectacle is a great way of getting Gaelic and Irish out amongst the general public and interacts with a very high audience turnover.
Ardrossan Castle Carnival Parade Video
Hear what participants themselves thought of the work in this short 4.5 min video below:
Get a taste of our 2015 & 2016 Paisley Halloween Parade Bilingual Gaelic Street Theatre & Spectacle work here, with interviews with performers as well!
Why not ask Ariel how community participative street theatre & spectacle can form part of a larger street theatre/spectacle project? Ideal for when you want to introduce some interactive Scots or Irish Gaelic work into your festival or arts programming!
"Taking part in the parade helped with my confidence. It is the first time I've taken part in street performance and I enjoyed it very much... I didn't think about it (Gaelic) much before but now I see it as our national language... I would love to do further work and can't wait for next year's parade so I can do it again." PACE Youth Theatre Stilt Performer, Paisley Halloween Parade
"Last year's parade was just so much fun & by far the best theatre project I've taken part in, I'd be very excited to do it again" PACE Youth Theatre Participant, Paisley Halloween Parade
Ariel can work with your community to train young people in Gaelic, Irish and bilingual performance to enhance local parade and outdoor events. Such training can be a fantastic opportunity for teenagers to engage with Gaelic, their peers and community in an exciting new way as well as building confidence, self-esteem, trust and interpersonal & performance skills. More information is available on Ariel's stilt-training work is available here.
Street Spectacle work can also fulfil the following Outcomes and Experiences in the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence:
• Representing my class, school and/or wider community encourages my self-worth and confidence and allows me to contribute to and participate in society. HWB 0-12a / HWB 1-12a / HWB 2-12a / HWB 3-12a / HWB 4-12a
• Through contributing my views, time and talents, I play a part in bringing about positive change in my school and wider community. HWB 0-13a / HWB 1-13a / HWB 2-13a / HWB 3-13a / HWB 4-13a
• as well as the following Learner Partner Responsibilities: "I can expect my learning environment to support me to: develop my self-awareness, meet challenges, build relationships, experience personal achievement and build my resilience and confidence."
"The change I saw in him was quite emotional for me as his mum. On the day of the parade I was amazed at how confident and independent he'd become. He had no fear and took the whole event in his stride (even if it was on stilts) and loved every minute of it. He became a different boy in my eyes...thank you to you for bringing out the confidence that I knew was in there all along." Stilt Performer Parent
Such projects can also afford opportunities for inter-generational language exchange and interaction and utilising the diverse skills of community members to create an unforgettable local spectacle event, combining drama, lantern-making, circus skills, Celtic art & graffiti.
Ariel has worked at countless successful events that have had a hugely positive effect on pride in local areas and community interaction - why not drop her an email or call Ariel to discuss how this work can be adapted to your community?
Or how about a uniquely entertaining way to include Gaelic in event programming, with the bilingual Gaelic comedy street theatre act, the Gaelic Pop-Up Café – 'where Gaelic's always on the menu!' Serving up tasty Gaelic bites including our light Entrée of delectable Gaelic Greetings and Essential Festival Phrases for Mains! Also offering our ever popular 'Naughty Bits' for Dessert or the Super Sexy Bits for the Over 16s', and to top it all off, the Traditional Gaelic Drinks Menu, with more about Gaelic names of traditional Scottish Drinks. Hearty helpings of song and bonkers banter guaranteed, suitable for those with no Gaelic at all, learners & fluent speakers. More info here.
Or how about the Great Gaelic Ferry – the roving feast of Gaelic fun, where the ferry crew step out of their comfort zone and onto the streets! Will they succeed in safely ferrying people to their destination, or will this new land-lubbing venture be their final swansong? And... are they really singing..'Singing in the Rain' in Gaelic?! The crew can't take responsibility for sudden onset of seasickness, random outbursts of Gaelic-speaking or shark attacks... but you are guaranteed a giggle or two! Setting sail from a fishy site near you...
Start up funding support for the Pop Up Gaelic Café gratefully acknowledged from the Gaelic Drama network fund, supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Creative Scotland, An Lòchran, Glaschu Beò & Merchant City Arts Festival in early 2013 to develop the Pop-Up Gaelic Café and Great Gaelic Ferry concepts, devised by sònaSonas Director Ariel Killick in collaboration with Catriona Lexy Campbell, Beth Frieden, Dòl Eoin MacKinnon & Coinneach Iain MacRae.
The website for the March—August 2013 phase of these Gaelic & Bilingual Street Theatre Acts is at www.sonasonas.co.uk
© Ariel Killick 2014