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.