James’ father is dying – his last connection to his childhood, his upbringing and the language of his birth, Gaelic. With this link gone, will he simply cease to exist? Forced to confront his past and the conflict of identity within him, James explores the importance of language and how it defines who we are. Somersaults is a new play by Gaelic playwright Iain Finlay Macleod. Performed in English and Gaelic. Cast includes: Angus Peter Campbell, Frances Grey, Tony Kearney, Barnaby Power and John Ramage

Audio Described 24 Mar 7:30pm
Signed 24 Mar 7:30pm
Captioned 26 Mar 7:30pm
Touch Tour 24 Mar 6.30pm
Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome



This show is part of Reveal - a season of new work presented by the National Theatre of Scotland, including fully staged productions, works-in-progress and play readings.

REVEAL also includes:
Girl X
Love Letters to the Public Transport System
Count Me In
Double Bill: Count Me In & Love Letters…


the message of Iain Finlay Macleod’s play about the loss of the words and the language of childhood speaks loudly…an important piece of drama.

the rich and complex tapestry behind Iain Finlay Macleod’s new play…lets loose a tantalising meditation on the struggle to retain one’s language and identity in a modern world where majority rules.

The Herald

a powerful theatrical snapshot of the position of Gaelic in our society now, written in both Gaelic and English, and all the clearer – and more beautiful – for that.

The Scotsman

In a world of dying languages, this is not the first time this predicament has been aired but, in Vicky Featherstone’s fluid, carefully timed production, Somersaults gives it a wistful, human face.


Running Time: 60 mins approx (no interval)