SSC add little sparkle to Gigha school’s festivities

Back left: NTS director trainer Beth Morton, Ruby, Emily, and classroom assistant Mari Sheriff. Front left: Frazey, Laila, Mark, Connor, William and Archie. 25_c50gighaprimaryNTS34

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Gigha primary pupils Christmas show tonight will be an extra special tale this year thanks to the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC).

SSC chose the school as a winner of its winter show competition in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS).

Earlier this year two primary pupils, Ruby and Emily, were so inspired by a schools’ tour of Jason and the Argonauts, a Visible Fictions production, presented as part of the Theatre in Schools Scotland programme, that they formulated a bid for further funding. Their pitch was successful and the school was awarded a funding package to help plan and produce their end of term show, Gigha’s Gone Global for Christmas.

The prize included a special one-day winter workshop with the NTS, plus £500 towards props and costumes.

Beth Morton, a director, writer and theatre practitioner from the NTS visited the school last Friday and gave help and advice on developing a script and designing the set and staging.

This is the second consecutive year SSC has supported the Theatre in Schools Scotland initiative.

One of the aims of which is to bring high quality theatre to schools and school children in remote and rural areas of Scotland, areas where many of SSC’s staff live and work.

Craig Anderson, SSC chief executive said: ‘Huge congratulations to the staff and pupils at Gigha primary.

‘Their entry was fantastic and we look forward to seeing the results of their creativity at the final show.

‘Theatre in Schools Scotland is an important project for us and we are proud to play our part in ensuring that the arts reach remote and rural areas of the country.

Julie Wilson, teaching head at Gigha primary school, added: ‘We are thrilled to have won this year’s winter show competition; the entire school is really excited.

‘Our Christmas show is a community highlight – with just 12 children in the school, it’s great to have the whole island turn up to support us.

‘This year is really special as our two P7 pupils have helped to write and develop the play, drawing inspiration from Christmas around the world and Gigha’s Got Talent.

‘It is wonderful to have the support of The Scottish Salmon Company, the opportunity to produce such a high-quality production for our pupils.’

The final production of Gigha’s Gone Global for Christmas will take place at the village hall from 7pm this evening and is the start of the island’s winter festival weekend.

Gigha primary headteacher Julie Wilson.
Gigha primary headteacher Julie Wilson.
Connor and Archie tell a joke.
Connor and Archie tell a joke.
Sitting behind story elements are from back left: Beth Morton, Ruby, Emily, Mari Sheriff. Front left: Frazey, Laila, Mark, Connor, William and Archie.
Sitting behind story elements are from back left: Beth Morton, Ruby, Emily, Mari Sheriff. Front left: Frazey, Laila, Mark, Connor, William and Archie.
William (right) and Mark tell a joke.
William (right) and Mark tell a joke.
Discussion about using the props
Discussion about using the props
Laila experiments with a scarf and flamingo glasses.
Laila experiments with a scarf and flamingo glasses.
A conversation in an imaginary shop
A conversation in an imaginary shop
Mark trying a hat for characterisation.
Mark trying a hat for characterisation.
NTS trainer, Beth Morton, demonstrates how to given the illusion of using a camera to Emily at Gigha primary
NTS trainer, Beth Morton, demonstrates how to given the illusion of using a camera to Emily at Gigha primary
From left working with props are: Archie, Mark, William and Laila.
From left working with props are: Archie, Mark, William and Laila.
Emily is the flighty Erin in flamingo sunglasses.
Emily is the flighty Erin in flamingo sunglasses.
Mark speaks about his 'character.'
Mark speaks about his ‘character.’
 Ruby is the bird woman.
Ruby is the bird woman.
A hat transforms Connor into a 'character.'
A hat transforms Connor into a ‘character.’
A top hat puts William in charge
A top hat puts William in charge
 A scene in an imaginary shop
A scene in an imaginary shop
Archie grows some instant pig tails.
Archie grows some instant pig tails.