NEWS: National Theatre of Scotland’s Rocket Post returns on screen as part of Royal National Mod in Glasgow this month

  • Filmed version of production will be screened as part of 2019 Mòd Ghlaschu in Glasgow, and will include free family workshops, followed by screenings and workshops in schools throughout October
  • The film will also be made available for free on the National Theatre of Scotland’s website during the October half-term break from Monday 14 to Friday 18 October 2019.

Stage Version: Written and directed by Lewis Hetherington with collaborators Ailie Cohen and MJ McCarthy, and movement director Kane Husbands.

Screen version: directed by Donald MacInnes

Cast: Ceit Kearney, Christina Gordon, Gavin Swift, Harry Ward and MJ Deans.

A special filmed version of the National Theatre of Scotland’s 2017 production Rocket Post is to be shown as part of Mòd Ghlaschu 2019 at the CCA, Glasgow on 16 and 18 October. The free screenings of the family-friendly film, which playfully tells an extraordinary true story in both English and Gaelic, will be followed by family drama workshops and activities led by National Theatre of Scotland creatives.

The film and workshops are also set to visit Gaelic schools for a special series of screenings throughout October. In addition, the film will also be made free-to-view on the National Theatre of Scotland website during the October half-term break from Monday 14 to Friday 18 October 2019.

Lewis Hetherington’s inventive show for children and grown-ups is based on the incredible true story of German rocket scientist Gerhard Zucker and his plans for a rocket-based postal system in Scotland, which led to the famed Latha na Rocait – the Day of the Rocket – on the Isle of Harris in 1934.

Originally presented on-stage in 2017 as part of a Scotland-wide tour, the production was filmed at a special performance in Harris before visiting more Scottish communities on the Screen Machine. Rocket Post on Screen was originally commissioned as a ground-breaking collaboration between National Theatre of Scotland and The Space, and became the first National Theatre of Scotland project to be presented on cinema screens.

Mòd Ghlaschu is Scotland’s premier Gaelic cultural festival, with a programme of events taking place across Glasgow from 11-19 October.

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Listings information

Location: Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JD

Dates: 4pm, Wed 16 October 2019

& 10am Fri 18 October 2019

Booking information: Free tickets bookable at nationaltheatrescotland.com