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The New Scottish Musical Islander Is A Musical and Spiritual Feast

The New Scottish Musical Islander Is A Musical and Spiritual Feast

Kirsty Findlay (Olivier Award nominated) and Bethany Tennick (The Stage nominee for Best Performer in a Musical) are wonders to behold. With magical vocals, mad looping skills, acting chops that tackle every character and make you feel as if you have known them all your life, they weave Stewart Melton and Finn Anderson’s Scottish folk musical Islander to life.

Through this a capella musical, where exquisite harmony abounds, we follow fifteen year old Eilidh (Bethany Tennick), a young woman living with her grandmother (Kirsty Findlay) on a small island called Kinnan, The population is rapidly aging and diminishing. Myth and reality collide after a mysterious stranger washes up on the beach and proves legends, just might be real.


Conceived and directed by Amy Draper, Islander is playing in the newly reimagined Playhouse 46, which has been transformed by lighting designer Simon Wilkinson. The simplicity of storytelling and the complexity of human emotions run deep.

The music and lyrics by Finn Anderson, are Soul-stirring, transporting you from the island, to the sea, to the mists beyond what is. The book by Stewart Melton captures, loneliness, forgiveness, friendship, migration, companionship, despair, hope, heart and wonder. The show is witty, intelligent and you will feel the salt air running down your checks.

The sound design by Twi McCallum weaves, builds and layers the two actresses voices using looping technology to create an expansive soundscape that is ethereal.

Islander played Off West End, was nominated for New Musical and Director (Musicals). Islander won Musical Theatre Review’s Best New Musical at Edinburgh Fringe 2019 and was runner up for the Primary Times Children’s Choice Award.

I highly recommend this mythical, exceptional piece of theatre, This show is good for your soul.

Islander: Playhouse 46 at St. Luke’s, 308 West 46th Street

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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