Dundee Rep, in collaboration with Eden Court Highlands, presents a filmed reimagining of the award-winning two-hander folk theatre musical, Islander. Based on the original stage show and produced in association with Helen Milne Productions, Islander is conceived and directed by Amy Draper with music and lyrics by St Andrews-born writer and composer Finn Anderson with a book by Stewart Melton.
Originally presented as part of Made in Scotland 2019 showcase at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it was Winner of Musical Theatre Review’s Best Musical Award, this environmental show continued its success with an off-West End run and a BBC Radio 4 adaptation. The Rep Studios filmed reimagining of Islander, that was captured by award-winning Mallard Productions, stays true to the show’s folktale storytelling and score.
James Mackenzie-Blackman, Chief Executive, Eden Court Highlands said “I adored Islander at the Made in Scotland showcase in 2019 and had planned to bring the live show to us in the early part of 2021 but the Winter lockdown bought those plans to an end. I’m thrilled Eden Court has now collaborated with our friends at Dundee Rep to reimagine Islander for film. I hope this is the beginning of many future partnerships.”
The film will premiere at a red-carpet event at Eden Court’s Cinema on 26 August 2021 at 7pm, when some cast and creatives will attend. It will be followed by cinema screenings at Eden Court between 27 August and 2 September 2021 and will be available at Rep Studios on Demand from 28 August 2021.
Dundee Rep’s Artistic Director Andrew Panton said “Islander is an example of the very best Scottish musical theatre. We’re thrilled to be collaborating with the original creative team and our co-producers Eden Court to create this next evolution of a truly magical piece. Musical storytelling sits at the heart of our programming at Dundee Rep and the creation of original musical theatre is a particular passion.”
This reimagined version is filmed both on location and on the stage of Dundee Rep for cinema exhibition and on-demand viewing.