Islander, Musical Theatre Review’s Best Musical at the Edinburgh Fringe, transfers to London’s Southwark Playhouse

29 Aug
2019
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff
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Having received a big bunch of five- and four-star reviews during its run at Summerhall at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, sell-out success ISLANDER, which also won Musical Theatre Review’s Best Musical Award, is transferring to London’s Southwark Playhouse for a strictly limited season from 2 to 26 October 2019.

Conceived and directed by Amy Draper (RSC), Islander has a book by Stewart Melton (National Theatre of Greece, former Southwark Playhouse Youth & Community Director) and music and lyrics by Finn Anderson (Off West End Award-nominated). Presented by Helen Milne Productions, the show’s press night at the Southwark Playhouse is 4 October 2019.

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.

Reprising their roles, Kirsty Findlay (Olivier Award Nominated, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour) and Bethany Tennick perform a whole host of characters, while weaving, building and layering their voices using looping technology to create an expansive, ethereal soundscape.

Exploring themes of loss, identity, migration and home, Islander was created on the Isle of Mull and is inspired by the sights, sounds and smells of the wind-beaten and wave-struck Western Isle.

Islander runs from 2 to 26 October 2019 at Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD, with performances Mondays to Saturdays at 8pm, with matinees Tuesdays and Saturdays at 3.30pm. Tickets are priced £14-22. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!