A double bill of Gaelic theatre. David Walker will perform a one man Gaelic adaption of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream followed by poet Martin O’Connor performing a spoken word and sound performance exploring the Gaelic accents of Scotland in Building a Nation.
It’s midsummer night and there’s definitely a tale to tell. What with the war between the King and Queen of the fairies, the lovers lost in the woods and the amateur actors rehearsing their play – there is some buffoonery to be had in this famously funny Shakespeare tale in Gaelic.
We are treated to a performance of magic, mischief, trickery and love with the help of an old boot, plastic bag and brick! Combine that with the wonderful ad hoc performance talents of David Walker and this show is a unique experience in Gaelic theatre. Coming from the critically acclaimed team who brought Mac Beatha to the Edinburgh Festival stage, this play mixes the rich poetic language of Shakespeare with some perfectly scripted contemporary belly laughs.
Building a Nation is a spoken word and sound performance by poet and Gaelic learner Martin O’Connor. Steeped in the industrial voice of his own Glaswegian Scots, he explores the personal relationship with voice, accent and dialect and unearths the words we lose when we leave the land for the city, the words we lose when a place is swept by deindustrialization, and the words we lose when we are disconnected from our cultural identity.
The piece challenges perceptions of the Scottish cringe and the voice as class indicator and asks if Gaelic accents carry the same bias or marginalisation. Does coming from Uist, Lewis, Mull or Skye have the same provocation as coming from Pollok or Bearsden? And what does the Glaswegian Gael sound like?