Unique new Scottish musical looks for support

ALBA – A new Scottish Musical

Young Scottish writer/composer returns to his roots for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014.

Finn Anderson has spent the last 18 months making his mark on the London Fringe scene but his latest piece, Alba, will premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.

Please go to Finn’s crowdfunding page on Kickstarter to read more and see how you can help get this unique and exciting new work into production.

Alba tells the exhilarating, heartwarming story of a young man whose reluctant return to rural Scotland sparks an emotional rollercoaster of self-discovery, triggering him to rekindle his love for his home country & its people.

Infused with traditional Scottish influences, the original score will be performed live by a cast of actor-musicians.

Finn said “I want to create something that combines my passion for musical theatre with my deep rooted love for Scottish traditional and folk music. With the independence referendum and commonwealth games looming, 2014 feels like an exciting year to be in Scotland”

Since moving to London in 2012, Finn Anderson’s Streets has been nominated for 2 Off West End Awards including ‘Best New Musical’ and a Broadway World Award for ‘Best New Musical in Fringe or Regional Theatres’. It has been described as “Breathtaking” by The Stage, “groundbreaking” by West End Frame and has been seen and supported by the likes of Idris Elba and Ed Sheeran. NMN featured a song from Streets in one of its Snappy Title concerts.

Finn grew up in the East Neuk of Fife and attended Madras College, St Andrews. He produced his first full length musical aged 14 at The Byre Theatre. Finn said that working on Alba is making him feel closer to home:

“London is a brilliant place for musical theatre but there isn’t the same folk tradition here. The way the Scottish people celebrate and maintain that tradition is something I really miss”

In order to get to the Fringe, Finn has to raise £4,000 and has launched a crowd funding campaign on ‘Kickstarter’.

“Taking a show to Edinburgh is extremely expensive and so we need all the help we can get! Crowd funding draws support from our audience enabling us to create work without commercial producers or big financial investment.”

By giving anything from £1, supporters will receive unique rewards for their contribution – plus Finn will be writing an original song for anyone who gives £100 or more.

Alba runs from 11-23 August at The Grand Theatre at Surgeons Hall, Nicolson Street. To back the project, visit kickstarter.com and search ‘Alba’ (direct link http://kck.st/1kqZMLY)


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