Fàilte Gu BSL/Welcome to BSL – A gig-performance-ceilidh
Evie Waddell is a Gaelic speaker, d/Deaf and a musician. Her show Fàilte Gu BSL explores experiences of creative and political connection across isolation – as communities, as individuals and as diverse cultural Scots.
Fàilte Gu BSL is an immersive showcase of Gaelic and Scots signed songs relating to different aspects of traditional culture, exploring experiences of creative and political connection across isolation – as communities, as individuals and as diverse cultural Scots.
As a Gaelic speaker, d/Deaf and a musician, Evie Waddell and her cast use traditional songs/stories, sign and traditional and contemporary dance to explore opportunities for d/Deaf people to own Scottish culture, and the relationships between Gaelic and BSL, using collaborative performance to amplify the importance of each unique ‘cultural voice’.
The material includes old and new – working songs, songs about ‘Uamh an Oir’-mythical creatures, as well as Gillebride Macmillian’s ‘Duan an Fhogarraich’- a modern plea for refugees. Look out for the poignant ‘Last Leviathan’ about impending extinction and a self-penned piece – a personal song about deafness. However, rest assured that the mood is regularly lifted with a whole range of silly songs.
The show is for d/Deaf and hearing audiences and for Gaelic speaking or non-Gaelic speaking audiences.
Workshop 4:30pm – 6pm (with 15 min break)
(under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)
The associated (afternoon) workshop will invite participants to ‘Waulk The Tweed’, experience step dance and learn a signed Gaidhlig chorus. With no pressure, the ‘workshoppers’ can then join pieces in the evening ‘gigperformanceceilidh’.
Immerse yourself in Scottish traditions through dance, song and languages. Led by traditional musician Evie Waddell and other performers, you are invited to join this joyful cultural exchange presented in BSL and spoken English. Learn some Gaelic signed songs and rhythmic traditional step dance! The workshop will have a BSL interpreter and is suitable for all ages and abilities, hearing or d/Deaf. Accompanied children under 12 are welcome. Please bring hard/noisy shoes, if you have them.
Workshop is free for anyone purchasing a ticket for the event | If not attending the performance cost is £15/£13 – please contact Box Office on 01786 27 4000 to reserve your spot.
Deaf lead performance and BSL interpreted workshop
Accessible entry: There is level access into the Tolbooth from the main entrance. If entering using the main entrance there there is a lift that can take customers to the auditorium.
Wheelchair access type: Building Lift