Street theatre and spectacle is a great way of getting Irish out amongst the general public and interacts with a very high audience turnover. Faigh blas ar ár gcuid oibre in 2015 & 2016 i bPàislig na hAlban sna físeán thíos, chomh maith le hagallaimh le rannpháirtithe!
Why not ask Ariel how the two great Scots Gaelic street-based acts below can form part of a larger street theatre/spectacle project? Ideal for when you want to introduce some interactive Scots Gaelic work into your festival or arts programming!
"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 also work with your community to train young people in Irish and bilingual stilt performance to enhance local parade and outdoor events. Such training can be a fantastic opportunity for teenagers to engage with Irish & Scots 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.
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 such that have had a hugely positive effect on pride in local areas and community interaction, as the East Wall Christmas Spectacle below - why not drop her an email or call Ariel to discuss how this work can be adapted to your community?
Also, An Cafaidh Gàidhlig is the world's only Scots Gaelic Pop-Up Café - where Gaelic's on the menu! Serving up tasty Gaelic bites for anyone interested in trying a bit of the language, with the 'Naughty Bits' for Dessert especially popular! Bringing free shortbread, tea and a generous helping of a sweet song for afters , anyone with a Gaelic song to share or wanting a bit of Gaelic company is also most welcome to drop in for a cuppa – we have a few extra special menu items for fluent speakers as well! You can find out more and read all the lovely feedback from our Café 'customers' 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…
The Gaelic Pop Up Café launched at Scotland's biggest multi-cultural festival, the Glasgow Mela, and, along with the Great Gaelic Ferry, went on to perform at Glasgow's Merchant City Festival, attracting first-class feedback from the wide range of particpants, featured below, before heading to Belfast in October 2013 in a groundbreaking performance as part of the Newtownards Skainosfest/East Belfast Mission Open Day & also a major Irish language event 'Rights and Revelry'..
Feedback for the Pop Up Gaelic Café:
"Fabulous experience. A good way to promote our heritage and language."
"Great stuff! People are really getting into it!" (Duine le Gàidhlig / Gàidhlig-speaker)
"What a great introduction to a new language! Fun! Fun! Fun! Thank you, Grazie, Dzien Dobre... "I've done Polish & Italien, this is way more fun and a great way to learn a language!"
"It's really great to see Gaelic at the festival. There should definitely be more of this."
"I think it's highly entertaining and a conducive learning environment. Very enjoyable."
"This was great! As a tourist it was very educational"
"Good to see Gaelic represented and a fun way to interact"
"I enjoyed attempting the song! Bonus was the tea and shortbread"
"My husband and I are both doctors and we feel it's important to be able to speak to all of our patients in their native language so we were glad to get the chance to learn these phrases in Gaelic."
"It's been very entertaining to learn some naughty bits and for my friend to learn something useful too! And thanks for tea and shortbread."
"Very entertaining, informative, friendly, makes me want to find out more"
"Great fun and educational too!"
"Great fun! Surprisingly useful in my employ (sic)".
"It was great, friendly and welcoming to the public! Can't wait to see more!"
"I really enjoyed it & think the language should be kept alive. Thank you!"
"Really good – enjoyed it. Well done Glasgow!"
"Great idea – puts us in touch with our cultural roots."
"Fantastic to see efforts made to see the legacy of Gaelic continue, important to keep heritage language".
"Thank you! Very fun and hospitable!"
"Pòg mo thòin!" - two excitable teenagers as they passed us after learning 'Naughty Bits' at the Café..
Start up funding support gratefully acknowledged from the Gaelic Drama network fund, supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Creative Scotland, An Lòchran, Glaschu Beò & Merchant City Arts Festival 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