Primary school children in Gaelic Medium Education will be treated to the extraordinary tale of Seocan agus am Bogsa-ciùil (Seocan and the Accordion) from tomorrow (Wednesday December 5th) as the Gaelic language pantomime tours the Western Isles.

Fèisean nan Gàidheal brought the live stage performance to Castlebay Community School yesterday, and will be at Sir E Scott School in Tarbert tomorrow morning (Wednesday) to give pupils from Harris primary schools the chance to watch the fantastic story of how a boy called Seocan tries to earn some money for Christmas with the help of a Highland genie and a less-than-giant giant called Murdanaidh Mòr.

The play next travels to Sgoil nan Loch tomorrow afternoon, where pupils from Pairc primary school will join the audience.

On Thursday morning (December 6th) there will be two performances at Stornoway Town Hall, the first at 9am for 180 Gaelic Medium pupils from Stornoway, Laxdale and Tong primary schools and the second, at 11am, for over 100 pupils from schools including Breasclete, Back, Uig and Bernera.

The play features accordion and Gaelic song of the traditional, festive and silly varieties, with Iain Beggs from Barra playing Seocan’s grandmother and the genie, Fergie. Seocan is played by Megan MacLellan from Mallaig, and the giant Mùrdanaidh Mòr is played by Katie Hammond, from Coatbridge. 

Also in the production team are Kirsten Brown (set design and production) and Laura Cowie (costumes).  Musical direction is by Eilidh Mackenzie of Gress in Lewis.

The production and tour are delivered through Fèisgoil, Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s arts in education service, which is managed by Eilidh Mackenzie. She said: “Each year we endeavour to give as many schools as possible the opportunity to see the pantomime. The second week of the tour includes four days in the Western Isles, beginning in Barra and culminating in two performances for schools at Stornoway Town Hall on the morning of Thursday 6th December.”

The pictures show the cast in rehearsal and in performance during yesterday’s shows at Castlebay School in Barra.