Conceived by Amy Draper
Music and Lyrics by Finn Anderson
Book by Stewart Melton
Islander was recognized as the top musical at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and went on to a successful run at the Southwark Theater in London. Set on an island in Scotland, myth and reality collide when the tide washes a mysterious stranger onto the beach, changing life forever. We are thrilled to bring this extraordinary musical to US audiences for the first time.
This 75 minute musical is performed with no intermission.
Islander was originally produced in the UK by Helen Milne Productions
~ Dates to be Announced ~
Cast & Creative
Finn Anderson is an award-winning Scottish musical theatre writer, composer and singer-songwriter working throughout the UK and internationally. He wrote the music and lyrics for critically-acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe hit Islander. Part of the “Made In Scotland” showcase, Islander won Musical Theatre Review’s Best Musical award before a transfer to London’s Southwark Playhouse, where the show was nominated for the Off West End Award for Best New Musical. Finn is the recipient of the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme 2020. He has co-created several award-nominated musicals -- City of Dreams, A Mother’s Song, Come Hell or High Water (Citizens Theatre/Sky Arts), Streets (Hackney Empire/The Cockpit/The Vaults, ‘Best New Musical’ nominee, Off West End Awards) and Alba (Edinburgh Fringe, MTM Award nominee). Finn was shortlisted for the 2019 Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Prize. As a singer-songwriter, he released his debut full-length album Until The Light in 2019.
Stewart Melton is a writer, director and dramaturg. He scripted Islander, which was selected for the prestigious "Made In Scotland" showcase and won Musical Theatre Review's Best Musical Award. His play for under 5s, Seesaw, has been staged at London's Unicorn Theatre, in Arabic at the Haya Cultural Center, Amman, and at the National Theatre of Greece. His other scripts include stage adaptations of Dave Shelton's Becketian children's novel A Boy, A Bear and A Boat and Usagi Yojimbo, based on the cult comic book series by Stan Sakai. He has worked as a dramaturg at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Bristol Old Vic, Hull Truck, Ovalhouse and Arcola Theatre. Stewart was a finalist for the JMK Young Directors Award and has staged his scripts Shrapnel at the University of Northampton and Imagine You Are Everyone at the Yard.
Deidre Cochran Emily Dussault Christine Wade*
as Arran as Arran/Eilidh as Eilidh
Islander will be performed with a rotating cast - performance dates for each cast will be posted.
Cast A - Christine Wade - Eilidh; Emily Dussault - Arran
Cast B - Christine Wade - Eilidh; Deidre Cochran - Arran
Cast C - Emily Dussault - Eilidh; Deidre Cochran - Arran
* Member of Actors Equity Association
Director/Designer: Lindsay Fitzgerald
Stage Manager: Z Makila
Production Associate: Constance Brevell
Vocal Director: Christine Wade
Lighting Designer: Peter Gustafson
Dialect Coach: Jim Ahrens