Finn Anderson is a Scottish musical theatre writer, composer and singer-songwriter. Described as “a great songwriting talent” by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and “one of the next great musical theatre writers” by Festival Journal, Finn’s passion and skill for storytelling is evident throughout his work.
Raised in Fife on the east coast of Scotland, Finn had released his first solo EP and written and produced his first musical before leaving school age 16 to study Music. Now based in Glasgow, Finn continues to move between writing musical theatre, and performing and recording as a singer-songwriter. He has also composed music for film, art, dance and circus projects throughout the UK and internationally.
Musical theatre writing includes Islander (Mull Theatre/Helen Milne, Scotland-wide tour) LEGACY: A Mother's Song (American Music Theatre Project/Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) Come Hell or High Water (Citizens Theatre/Sky Arts) Streets (Hackney Empire/The Cockpit, ‘Best New Musial’ nominee, Off West End Awards) Alba (Edinburgh Fringe, MTN Award nominee). Supported by Creative Scotland and British Council Brazil, Finn is currently developing The Bow Maker through a lab with National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep. The Bow Maker was selected from 300 musicals as one of eight new headline works at BEAM 2018, the UK’s largest festival of new musicals. Finn is also working on a new commission from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and American Music Theatre Project for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019.
Finn's solo songwriting includes two self-released EPs, festival appearances at Big Tent, Belladrum, MugStock, the Edinburgh Fringe and at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections, with shows throughout the UK, in New York and Chicago. His “stunning debut” (Frostclick) Uncharted Lands EP was released in February 2016 with the Oceanic EP following in April 2017. Singles 'When He's Away' and 'Some Days’ featured on BBC 6 Music's LGBT Mixtape and Introducing shows, as well as regional and online stations globally. Finn’s debut full-length album is due in 2019.
Composition for theatre includes projects with the Citizens Theatre, Bush Theatre, Park Theatre, Scottish Youth Theatre, Youth Music Theatre UK, Hikapee Circus Theatre, Upswing Circus, International Youth Arts Festival, Young Norfolk Arts Festival, Chrysalis Festival. Other composition projects include three films with acclaimed Scottish video artist Rachel Maclean (Tate/National Galleries Scotland/Venice Biennale), and several collaborations with Scottish Dance Theatre’s ‘Do Your Thing’ group.