The creation of Islander: A New Musical was inspired by the wind struck western isle of Mull. After three weeks of intensive rehearsals, Islander premiered at Mull Theatre in August 2018 before embarking on a 20 date tour across Scotland. The work garnered numerous standing ovations and brilliant responses all across Scotland from audiences and critics.
“It's both the complexity and simplicity of Islander that make it so thoroughly enjoyable. Lush, harmonic voices.”
★★★★ The List
“A magically minimalist production”
★★★★ The Outlier
"A real treat of a production"
★★★★ All Edinburgh Theatre
ABOUT - ISLANDER: A NEW MUSICAL
Eilidh stares out to sea and dreams of a new life beyond her lonely island. Myth and reality collide when the tide washes a mysterious stranger onto her beach, changing her life forever.
Epic storytelling, intimately staged with a contemporary Scottish folk-inspired score. Exploring themes of loss, identity, migration and home,The two-hander cast of Kirsty Findlay (Olivier Award Nominated, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour) and Bethany Tennick perform a whole host of characters, whilst live recording and layering their voices using looping technology to create an ethereal soundscape for the ears and imagination.
Conceived and directed by Amy Draper (RSC). Book by Stewart Melton (National Theatre of Greece). Music and lyrics by Finn Anderson (Off West End Award nominated).
Bethany Tennick Kirsty Findlay
EDINBURGH FRINGE 2019
The creative team are currently busy behind the scenes further developing Islander for Made in Scotland showcase 2019. They are refining the book & lyrics, developing the staging and integrating a bespoke LED lighting design.
Bringing the work into the Fringe as part of Made in Scotland showcase 2019 and performing at prestigious new writing venue Paines Plough's ROUNDABOUT @Summerhall will allow the company to maximise on the Fringe spotlight and onward touring opportunities. We are aiming to tour the work beyond the Fringe in the UK & internationally.
RAISED SO FAR
So far we have secured 50% of the total production costs to bring Islander: A New Musical into the Fringe spotlight. We are aiming to raise an additional 15% of costs through crowdfunding. The rest of our budget will be made up through trust & foundation funding and Box Office income.
WHAT WILL YOUR PLEDGE SUPPORT?
Making a pledge, however big or small will take us a big step closer to the stage and ensure we can make the most of this brilliant opportunity.
*The additional funding will enable HMP to offer two accessible performances to audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing.
BSL interpreted (British Sign Language) - 12 August.
Closed captioned performance - 21 August.
2. BESPOKE LIGHTING DESIGN
* Supporting the costs of integrating a bespoke and hi-tech LED lighting design into the work so it can literally be presented in the best possible light.
3. FRINGE ACCOMODATION
* Enabling our cast to be Edinburgh based during the Fringe. Accommodation during the Fringe is hugely expensive. The money raised will enable the cast to stay in Edinburgh during the Fringe and focus on giving the best possible performances everyday.
HMP would like to share the charitable love and will pledge 5% of all crowdfunded donations to The Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust.
If you are unable to donate, but would still like to support the project. You can share the link to our Crowdfunder on your social media pages and make a noise #IslanderMusical. You can also support us by coming along to see the show at The Edinburgh Fringe. We hope to see you there!
Runs: 29 July - 25 August | TimeA: 10AM | Tickets: £8-15