Stornoway, Ullapool and Portree pupils take part in Macbeth

Primary pupils from Ullapool, Stornoway and Portree got a taste of the life of a performer recently when they were selected to take part in Scottish Opera’s tour of Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’.

Ahead of performances Scottish Opera held workshops in local schools, with six pupils selected from each to take part in the production.

For the performance in Stornoway’s An Lanntair last Tuesday Stornoway Primary pupils Joe O’Loughlin, Jack Macleod, Leon Campbell, Jenna Graham, Ailsa Graham and Kate Macsween were selected — they are pictured above with Anthony Flaum, who played Macduff.

Stornoway Primary head teacher Annette Murray said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with the adult professionals — it was an excellent opportunity!”

In Ullapool the lucky pupils were Rowan Strachan, Zac Johnson, James Morrison, Skye Pursey, Judy Urquhart and Morgan Bond.

Ullapool teacher Jean MacKay said: “Although it was an extremely long day for them with all the costume fittings, rehearsals, and waiting patiently to be called by the director, their performances were absolutely fantastic! They should be proud of their certificates from the Scottish Opera, which shows what a great achievement this was. Well done to all of you!”

Judy Urquhart said of the experience: “I liked when we got to dress up and when we were on stage. I liked the fog. It was really fun. When we were backstage and had to get ready to go on, it was really scary.”
The pupils selected from Portree Primary were Ben Ruddy, Ben Farrow, Eilidh Macpherson, Amy Urquhart and Tjis and Manon Immerzeel.