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Gigha Primary ‘goes global for Christmas’ thanks to The Scottish Salmon Company

The Scottish Salmon Company has announced Gigha Primary School on the Isle of Gigha as a winner of its winter show competition in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland.

The school has been awarded a funding package to help plan and produce their end of term show ‘Gigha’s Gone Global for Christmas’. The prize includes a special one-day winter workshop with the National Theatre of Scotland plus £500 towards props and costumes.

A theatre practitioner from the National Theatre of Scotland visited Gigha Primary School on Friday 8 December and offered the children help and advice on how to develop a script and how to design their set and staging. The final production of Gigha’s Gone Global for Christmas will take place at Gigha Village Hall on Friday 15 December at 7pm.

Following a successful schools’ tour of ‘Jason and the Argonauts, a Visible Fictions production, presented as part of the Theatre in Schools Scotland programme, a selection of schools across the West coast of Scotland and the Hebrides were invited to apply to SSC for their chance to win funding support.

This is the second consecutive year SSC has supported the Theatre in Schools Scotland initiative, one of the aims of which is to bring high quality theatre to schools and school children in remote and rural areas of Scotland, areas where many of the Scottish Salmon Company’s staff live and work.

Craig Anderson, Chief Executive of The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “Huge congratulations to the staff and pupils at Gigha Primary. Their entry was fantastic and we look forward to seeing the results of their creativity at the final show.

“Theatre in Schools Scotland is an important project for us and we are proud to play our part in ensuring that the arts reach remote and rural areas of the country. We have sites throughout the West coast of Scotland and we are proud to be able to support the local communities where many of our staff and families live and work.”

Julie Wilson, Teaching Headteacher at Gigha Primary School, added: “We are thrilled to have won this year’s winter show competition; the entire school is really excited. Our Christmas show is a community highlight – with just 12 children in the school, it’s great to have the whole island turn up to support us! This year is really special as our two P7 pupils have helped to write and develop the play, drawing inspiration from Christmas around the world and ‘Gigha’s Got Talent’.

“It is wonderful to have the support of The Scottish Salmon Company, the opportunity to produce such a high-quality production for our pupils is invaluable and has created engagement with the arts that we hope to continue.”