Media Release: Highly-acclaimed Gaelic theatre production goes national and international

L-R Iain Beggs with David Walker, who plays headteacher William J Gibson

FOLLOWING on from the success of its national tour earlier this year, Sequamur, the highly-acclaimed Gaelic World War One theatre production, will be at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from the 18th to the 24th of August 2015.

Pròiseact nan Ealan (The Gaelic Arts Agency) are also delighted to announce that the production will stage performances at the East Belfast Arts Festival in Northern Ireland, the Platform Theatre, London, before concluding the tour with a special performance in Ypres, Belgium.

Sequamur – written by Isle of Lewis writer Donald S. Murray – tells the poignant story of William J. Gibson, who was rector of the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway between 1894 and 1925.

The play portrays the grief and guilt felt by Gibson who encouraged his pupils to fight in the conflict.

An enlightened and charismatic teacher, Gibson believed in the power of progress through education. He genuinely believed that service in WWI would bring a new enlightened age to Britain – but endured personal turmoil following the death of 148 of his own pupils.

The play is being staged by Pròiseact nan Ealan who are grateful for significant support from Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the Scottish Government, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Colm Cille & RBS.

The 60-minute play is performed in Gaelic but is designed to be fully accessible to all, with live simultaneous translation via headphones for people who do not speak Gaelic.

Erica Morrison, creative director at Pròiseact nan Ealan, said: “The international audiences which attend the Edinburgh Festival will discover a thought-provoking drama which transcends language boundaries.

“The play echoes events which occurred in our Gaelic community, yet it mirrors similar events which were happening in communities across Europe.

“Using dramatic performance to allow the audience to share in the sense of grief and loss, highlights the important role of the arts in understanding our history.”


For further information contact Evelyn Coull on 01851 704493 or e-mail

Tour schedule and ticketing information:

Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh,  18th to 24th August @ 11am

Belfast Arts Festival, Belvoir Players Studio, Thursday 27th & Friday 28th August 2015, 8pm

Platform Theatre, Islington, London, Sunday 30th August, 1.30pm and 7.30pm

C.C. Het Peron Cultural Centre, Ypres, Belgium, Friday 4th September, 8.30pm.

Artists (hometown in brackets)
Writer Donald S Murray (Shetland) with Dramaturg support from Peter Arnott (Glasgow)
Director Iain Macrae (Glasgow) with mentor support from Simon Sharkey (National Theatre of Scotland, Glasgow)
Actors David Walker (Glasgow) will play William J Gibson supported by Iain Beggs (Barra), Sean Macleod (Stornoway) and  Donna Morrison (Stornoway), Angus Peter Campbell (Kyle of Lochalsh)
New music Andrew Yearly (Lewis)
Technical Mick Andrew (Glasgow)
Production Ann Morrison (Lewis)

About Pròiseact nan Ealan

Pròiseact nan Ealan (PNE), The Gaelic Arts Agency, was established in 1996 as a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. PNE is the lead strategic body in Gaelic arts; it has a dual role as a Gaelic arts production company and networking infrastructure body and has a strong track record in delivering successful, high-quality and award-winning arts projects. PNE is working nationally and internationally across diverse art forms on projects that have multiple funders and are at varying stages of development.

MEDIA RELEASE issued by Media House International. You too can post your story ideas for journalists (aka press or media releases), on Email here for more information.

Check out for your very own media releases feed…

Check out too and

To catch up on all the media releases recently posted on to, you need only click the link icon that you see towards the bottom right of our two media release ‘gateway boxes’. 

Link iconIt’s this icon, here. It’s your route straight into the rich archive.

Media House International contact details…

Contact: Gary McQueen
Phone: 0141 220 6040