Conceived by Amy Draper

Music and Lyrics by Finn Anderson

Book by Stewart Melton

July 15 - 31, 2021

Elision Playhouse


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


Elision Playhouse

6105 42nd Avenue North

Crystal, MN. 55422

General Admission:  $30.00

Residents of Crystal, Robbinsdale and New Hope:  $25.00

Industry/Students:  $20.00

Pay As You Wish on Sunday, July 25th and Wednesday, July 28th with advance purchase available. 

Islander will be performed with a rotating cast - 

Cast A - Christine Wade - Eilidh; Emily Dussault - Arran

Cast B - Christine Wade - Eilidh; Deidre Cochran - Arran

Cast C - Emily Dussault - Eilidh; Deidre Cochran - Arran

Thursday, July 15th at 7:30 pm - Cast A

Friday, July 16th at 7:30 pm - Cast B

Saturday, July 17th at 7:30 pm - Cast B

Sunday, July 18th at 2:30 pm - Cast C

Wednesday, July 21st at 2:30 pm - Cast B

Thursday, July 22nd at 7:30 pm - Cast B

Friday, July 23rd at 7:30 pm - Cast A

Saturday, July 24th at 7:30 pm - Cast A

Sunday, July 25th at 2:30 pm - Cast C

Wednesday, July 28th at 7:30 pm - Cast B

Thursday, July 29th at 7:30 pm - Cast C

Friday, July 30th at 7:30 pm - Cast A

Saturday, July 31 at 2:30 pm - Cast B

Saturday, July 31 at 7:30 pm - Cast A

We take the health and safety of our performers, production team members and patrons very seriously.  A safety plan for Islander was submitted to Actors Equity Association (AEA) and was approved for this live production. Our entire cast and production team have been fully vaccinated. We will not only be complying with all AEA safety requirements for live performance, but also following all current CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidance.  Per AEA requirements, all audience members will be required to wear face coverings while in the Playhouse and during the performance. If you have any questions about our safety plans, please email us at

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. 

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    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

Production Team

Director/Designer:            Lindsay Fitzgerald

Stage Manager:                Z Makila     

Production Associate:       Constance Brevell

Vocal Director:                  Christine Wade

Lighting Designer:            Peter Gustafson

Dialect Coach:                  Jim Ahrens