Bilingual play about the Iolaire disaster to visit Scottish Parliament #gàidhlig


The premiere of a play about the incredible story of the Iolaire disaster of 1919, performed and sung by Gaelic learners at Tynecastle High School and Stenhouse Primary School in Edinburgh is to be performed at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 16 March from 6-6:30pm.

The 19-strong cast of pupils will premiere the production in Edinburgh before it tours the Western Isles in Spring 2016.

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Iolaire memorial, Eilean Leòdhais/Isle of Lewis 

HMY Iolaire was carrying sailors who had fought in the First World War back to the Scottish Island of Lewis when it hit rocks and sank.  Of the 205 who perished, 181 were islanders making it the worst peacetime disaster involving a British ship since the Titanic in 1912.

The production is 30 minutes in duration and is performed in English but contains 20 key Gaelic words that are used throughout.  The production is funded by Bord na Gaidhlig.

Tickets are free and can be obtained from  0131 348 6933 or eventsandexhibitions@
scottish.parliament.uk

You can learn how to pronounce Iolaire in this week’s Gaelic Word of the Week.

Alasdair

gaidhlig@scottish.parliament.uk

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