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Annual Volume 50 (2020)


Ceud Bliadhna air an Àrd-ùrlar
A Century of Gaelic Drama

Edited by Michelle Macleod

Published in: Paperback, 376 pages
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, Glasgow, April 2021
Price: £19.95
ISBN 9781906841416


Compared to Gaelic poetry, the history of Gaelic theatre has not been a particularly long one, with the first examples appearing in the eighteenth century. However, drama in Gaelic began to thrive in the twentieth century, and modern Gaelic drama has the power to break down barriers and to touch people across linguistic and cultural divides.

This collection is a celebration of this often-overlooked genre, bringing together eight Gaelic plays from the start of the twentieth century to the present day. Accessible to non-Gaelic speakers, this book contains English translations as well as an introduction to the history of Gaelic theatre, and to the playwrights whose skill and commitment to their art deserves much wider recognition.



  • Rèiteach Mòraig – Iain N. MacLeòid
    Morag’s Betrothal – John N. MacLeod
  • Am Fear a Chaill a Ghàidhlig – Iain MacCormaig
    The Man Who Lost His Gaelic – Iain MacCormick
  • Ceann Cropic – Fionnlagh MacLeòid
    Ceann Cropic – Finlay MacLeod
  • Tog Orm Mo Speal – Iain Mac a’ Ghobhainn
    Give Me My Scythe – Iain Crichton Smith
  • Òrdugh na Saorsa – Tormod Calum Dòmhnallach
    The Order of Release – Norman Malcolm MacDonald
  • Sequamur – Dòmhnall S. Moireach (Gaelic by Catrìona Dunn)
    Sequamur – Donald S. Murray
  • Scotties – Muireann Kelly with Frances Poet
  • Bana-Ghaisgich – Màiri Nic’IlleMhoire
    Heroines – Mairi Morrison



Cover image: “Scotties”, by Muireann Kelly with Frances Poet – Theatre Gu Leòr, 2018
Photo © Mihaela Bodlovic

Cover design: Mark Blackadder.

Last updated 4 April 2021.