An Ceoldrama

2014 InSceal/TG4 Dir: Colm Bairead

IFTA NOMINATED

Childrens/Youth – Irish Language – Best Director

TX: Sunday Jan 12th 2014 8:00 for 4 weeks

Inspiring TG4 documentary series following four Gaelscoil musicals as they compete in the Féile Scoildrámaíochta – Begins January 12th 8pm.
This was one of the most fun shows I’ve ever had the privilege to work on, I also feel its among the very best things I’ve ever done on a personal level. I really think this is a great series and I’m as proud as punch to have worked on it.

here is episode 3 in full…

http://vimeo.com/85927040

Description
Is sraith breathnaitheach úrnua é An Ceoldráma a leanann ceithre Gaelscoileanna agus iad ag cuir ceoldráma le chéile don Féile Scoildrámaíochta.

Taispeánann an sraith na fíor-dhrámaí beaga a thiteann amach taobh thiar de na drámaí seo, na fadhbanna iliomad a chéasann na múinteoirí, na botúin barúla a thiteann amach le linn cleachtadh, an spraoi agus an stró a chuireann na daltaí orthu féin idir iomaíocht don ról mór, canadh, damhsa agus foghlaim línte.

An Ceoldráma is a new, observational documentary series that goes behind the classroom door in four Gaelscoils to reveal what it takes to get a school musical on stage in one of the toughest categories of the Féile Scoildrámaíochta.

Inspired by the award-winning documentaries, Spellbound and Être et Avoir, this four-part series offers a highly-accessible insight into what has become a rite-of-passage for thousands of Irish-language pupils across the country. An Ceoldráma paints an intimate picture of the micro-society of primary school and highlights the transformative effect that drama and music can have on the young hearts and minds of this new Irish-speaking generation.

The audience at home will experience the multitude of mini-dramas that unfold behind these dramas; the countless challenges teachers face in bringing each musical from a simple idea on a page to an all-singing, all-dancing performance in front of a packed theatre audience and the all-important judges; the funny moments that occur during rehearsals, the myriad things that go wrong before they get it right, the play, the laughter, the pressure that the pupils put themselves under – competing for the lead role, hitting those high notes, perfecting choreography, painting sets and memorising lines.

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