SEALL’s new and extended Board

At a busy AGM on 15 November SEALL was delighted to welcome aboard 3 new Directors: Eilidh MacFadyen, Student Liaison Officer at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (and who probably halves the average age of the Board!); Rose Hill of Broadford and John White of Kilmuir. They join the current members: Rosie Macdonald, Kath MacLeod, Alistair MacAoidh, Robert Spode, Jacqui MacKinnon, Pam Allen and Duncan MacInnes.

SEALL AGM and new Directors

The A.G.M. and Members’ evening is on Wednesday 15 November in our new office upstairs in the old courtyard of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (next An Talla Mòr). Come along to find out what a great year we had in 2017, and talk about plans for 2018 over a glass of wine. We are always interested in widening the expertise of our Directors. We are losing Eileen Armstrong, our chairperson this year, so are looking for at least one new Board Member. If you are interested download SEALL Board application form

Without our audiences, what is the point?!

“I would just like to say how much I enjoyed last night’s performance by Tony McManus et al. Dìreach mìorbhaileach! I have to say that, so far, my year’s membership has more than repaid the modest outlay and thanks to the efforts of the Seall team in keeping things going through the dreary months of winter, it is likely to keep doing so for some months yet!”

Jango Starr – the children review the show

One Wednesday 27 Spetember the whole of Bunsgoil Shlèite came to the children’s show ‘One Man Shoe’. They report back-

The plate flying around his waist was very clever (a lot of pupils were trying to work out how you did this and many of the other tricks)

Talking picture – this was creepy in a fun way

It was very entertaining, fun to watch and good that the audience could join in

When the ball was eaten and then came out the bottom – this was very funny (many pupils agreed)

I got a fright with the banana being thrown – it was so close to me

The stand was walking – that was funny and scary

The stand with the hand – it was scary, I like scarySpitting the rope out – it was interesting (again there was lots of discussion about how this was done)

All 3 chairs piled up and balanced – cool – amazing

When the balls kept coming out his mouth – I was in tears laughing.

Head Teacher says – “Sitting listening to the pupils, while they were watching the performance, I could hear a lot of discussion about how things were done. They were amazed and came up with some fascinating ideas. It was a very enjoyable show and lovely that you mixed with the pupils afterwards. Thank you. Yet again another high quality and very clever performance.”

Usually it all goes smoothly but . . .

Sometimes things go a little awry! Sorry we canceled ‘One Man Shoe’ on Wednesday evening 27 Sept. It was entirely our misunderstanding over the availability of the venue. We sent emails where we could and changed our road-side A-frames. It is always best to book ahead – then you will be the first to know of any changes. Please let us know if you had a wasted journey. 

Festival finishes on a high

“It was a genuine privilege to be entertained by such wonderfully talented musicians.” A visitor at the last traditonal concert which played to a SOLD OUT audience with Mairearad Green, Anna Massie, Adam Sutherland and Hamish Napier. With just one more event to go, the Skye Festival has brought some extraordinary music and film, from many briliant performers.

Coming Soon – Three Blas Festival events

SEALL is delighted to have been offerred three events in this year’s Highland-wide Blas Festival. Two new Short Gaelic Plays will be presented at lunhtime on Wednesday 6 September; Duncan Chisholm are joined by the Mischa MacPherson Trio on Friday 8 September and finally Mànran are joined by Hecla and the Cèilidh trialers on Saturday 9 September.

Charity Cafe raises £1000 for Young People’s theatre

The SEALL Charity Café during the Skye Festival raised around £1000 for our Theatre for Young People fund. We want to expand the amount of good quality children’s events we promote and this was a good start. A good time was had by all at the Café. Thanks to the 12 helpers and all the supporters who provided food, raffle prizes and then came and ate it!

Duncan shortlisted for NRTF Special Award

Duncan MacInnes, the artistic director of SEALL and the Skye Festival, was recently shortlisted for the new ‘Speical Award’at the recent gathering in Nottingham of the National Rural Touring Forum. He was one of three, and the only one from Scotland, to get this accolade for an outstanding contribution to Rural Touring in the UK.

Bilingual website

We are in the process of bilingualising this website. The tabs on each event saying ‘click here for Gaelic’ will soon be operational – but not quite yet!