Rona Dhòmhnallach


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Playwrights' Studio

Gaelic Playwriting Award

Rona Dhòmhnallach

Raised on the family croft on the island of South Uist, Rona is part of the lost generation of Gaelic speakers, where many were discouraged from connecting with Gaelic language and culture at school, in a time before the Gaelic-Medium revival had begun. From a family of renowned Gaelic singers, storytellers and pipers she tries to challenge and address this imbalance in her cultural identity through her writing, something that she has been driven to do since her early teens.

In the last few years she has written and performed Fuaigh, a Ceilidh Play originally commissioned by the National Theatre of Scotland, Chan Urrain Dhomh Falach Nad Theanga/ I Can't Hide in Your Tongue  as part of a 6 month residency with Imaginate and is developing Stur an adaptation of Antigone by Sophocles.

As part of a 6 month residency with the Imaginate and she is currently developing a script based on Antigone by Sophocles. Stùris a Gaelic adaptation and collaboration with John Binnie and Gillebride MacilleMhaoil.

Rona takes on regular Gaelic teaching roles and collaboration with other theatre makers and artists both as an artist and within her formal role as Gaelic Arts Producer for Glasgow Life. She is a Gaelic Editor on the on-line site Bella Caledonia, occasionally writes for Am Pàipear, South Uist's award winning community newspaper and she hosts Ten x 9, a regular story telling evening at the Glad Café.

Over the years her poetry has been published and she has recently been the recipient of the acclaimed Ruairidh MacThomais/ Derek Thompson Poetry Prize to commemorate 30 years of the Gaelic Books Council. She is currently working on her own collection.

Duais airson Sgrìobhadh Dràma Gàidhlig 2021

The play Rona will be developing as part of her Duais airson Sgrìobhadh Dràma Gàidhlig 2021:

Rona will research and develop a Gaelic script for theatre, exploring the physical themes of land, succession and fertility, juxtaposed with internal conflict of unrequited love, societal repression and resulting manifestation of aggression and violence. She will research ways that the beautiful Uist landscapes and Gaelic song can punctuate this exploration of the human condition for the stage. As an emerging writer she will use this time to develop her skills as a Gaelic playwright, work with artists to develop characters in the script and with a dramaturg to develop story and theatricality.

Rona is receiving dramaturgical support on her play from Lynda Radley.

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