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Dinner Dance

Dinner Dance

Play, Thu 14 Dec 2017


122b Academy Street,


Gaelic language pantomime Anna Bheag a’ Chòta Dheirg, a reimagining of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy-tale.

The pantomime, supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Creative Scotland and HIE, was written and directed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Drama Officer Angus Macleod, with set design by Kenneth Macleod and costume design by Laura Cowie. Musical direction was provided by Eilidh Mackenzie.

Angus Macleod said: “The play updates the traditional Little Red Riding Hood story and gives it a martial arts twist. The three experienced actors bring lots of fun and energy to their roles and the audience interaction will make this an engaging and enjoyable experience for children and adults alike.”

“Anna Bheag and her mother, the original Little Red Riding Hood, have taken up karate to defend themselves against attack from wolves in the enchanted forest. The team is grateful for the expert guidance of karate black belt, Dolina Ross, of Inverness-based Karate Alba. During rehearsals she taught the actors some exciting karate moves which feature in the play.”

All three actors in Anna Bheag a’ Chòta Dheirg have appeared in previous Gaelic pantomimes produced by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

The wolf is played by Calum MacDonald, well-known as a presenter on BBC Alba’s Dè a-nis?. He appeared last year in the Dundee Rep’s production of The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black, Black Oil. MJ Deans, who has recently finished touring Rocket Post with the National Theatre of Scotland, plays the mother and great-grandmother. Anna Bheag is played by Ellen MacDonald, a singer with Dàimh and Sian. She is also well-known for her role as Kirsty in BBC Alba’s Bannan. This is Ellen’s third tour for Fèisean nan Gàidheal this year; she has already performed in the early years theatre project Hùb Hàb and alongside Calum in Teàrlach Fo Chasaid (Charlie in the Dock), a theatre-in-education project about Bonnie Prince Charlie.

The Gaelic pantomime is delivered through Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Fèisgoil service with support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Creative Scotland and HIE.

Entry by donation on the door.

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 14 Dec 2017 19:00



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