Islander is a stunning and unique piece of theatre that captures the beauty of myth and folklore through sublime music.
With just two voices that take on a multitude of characters, and loop pedals to create a rich sound, it’s a truly mesmerising and creative musical. Writers Finn Anderson and Stewart Melton prove to be remarkably clever as they’ve conjured up a show that is irresistibly perfect.
We are introduced to two main characters, young Eilidh (Bethany Tennick) a native girl on a small Scottish island and newcomer Arran (Kirsty Findlay). One day Eilidh meets a dying whale washed up on the shore and then myth meets reality as she meets Arran from a far off land. It’s a captivating story of two people that form a connection. The narrative is mystical, charming and eye-opening as it tells the tale of when real life blends with folklore.
Eilidh is living on this tiny Scottish island that are in the midst of a referendum. As resources are thinning, the town are coming to a decision of whether to abandon the island or carry on. It’s an intricate story of migration, belonging and community.
Finn Anderson’s creation is sensational, he brings hypnotic sounds and immense character to his music. It’s Tennick and Findlay’s natural style and impressive voices that create such a sensational performance. Their characterisation is magnificent and we see them take on the numerous personalities of the Scottish island with humour and finesse. They way they blend their gorgeous voices with distinct harmonies and use the loop pedals to build sound is a real feast for the ears. It’s a theatrical experience in an atmosphere that feels so warmly intimate.
Islander is a ravishing musical like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It combines enthralling folk music and magical storytelling to create a truly enchanting and moving performance.
Islander is on at Edinburgh Fringe at Summerhall at 10:00.