Gigha’s gone global for Christmas

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Words and pictures Mark Davey

Primary pupils took an audience from God’s isle round the globe during an action packed Christmas show.

Rapid scene and costume changes, in a production written, directed and produced by pupils Emily and Ruby, saw the small cast including the pre-five unit visit countries including Hawaii, India and Italy.

There was standing room only, as family and friends packed Gigha’s village hall for one of the island’s biggest events of the year.

Show preparations began two weeks ago when National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) director, Beth Morton, visited the school. She gave a masterclass on characterisation, acting, scene construction and script writing.

Ms Morton’s training came after Emily and Ruby entered the primary in an NTS competition which they won. The prize included the training day and £500 from NTS sponsors, the Scottish Salmon Company. The cash was spent on microphones.

Emily and Ruby narrating at the show's start.
Emily and Ruby narrating at the show’s start.
The show's full cast.
The show’s full cast.
An early scene.
An early scene.
A little angel.
A little angel.
Emily during a commercial break.
Emily during a commercial break.
Hawaiian dancers.
Hawaiian dancers.
Dancing beneath the palms.
Dancing beneath the palms.
Warriors invade.
Warriors invade.
Pasta chefs from Italy.
Pasta chefs from Italy.
A flamenco dancer and Spanish guitar player.
A flamenco dancer and Spanish guitar player.
The Scottish section featured Highland dancing.
The Scottish section featured Highland dancing.
Indian dancers.
Indian dancers.

 

The structure of the play was based on Emily and Ruby’s idea for Gigha’s Got Talent. It morphed into the X-Factor and further into showcasing acts from around the world.

The full cast was: Emily, Ruby, Bailey, William, Connor, Logan, Archie, mark, Laila, Frazey, Archie B, Ella, Martha, Brogan, Lily. the programme gave special thanks to: headteacher Julie Wilson, Beth Morton, Morven Beagan, Tony Philpin, Mari Sheriff, Phoebe Brown, Veronica Blair and Hannah Storie.

The performance was dedicated to Gigha music festival founder, Sheila Mohr, for her love of music and drama.

The full Gigha’s Gone Global cast with some teachers and helpers.  25_c51gighashow02

One of the Italian chefs upends his bowl of tinsel spaghetti. 25_c51gighashow05

Connor during a ‘commercial break.’ 25_c51gighashow19

Indian dancing. 25_c51gighashow25

Emily and Ruby. 25_c51gighashow26