"There aren’t many upcoming artists that can stir our souls as strongly as Finn Anderson does."
“a great songwriting talent”
(Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music)
"One of the next great musical theatre writers”
"Finn’s skilful use of poetic storytelling, in tandem with his knowledge of musicality, simply steal you away into a world of his own making”
(Fresh On The Net)
"Theatre for the next generation that is fiercely creative and thrillingly fresh”
(A Younger Theatre on Streets)
Raised in Fife on the east coast of Scotland, Finn spent his early teens staging self-penned theatre productions at the local Byre Theatre in St Andrews. Using the profits to build a home recording studio, he had released two EPs before leaving school age 16 to study Music. Finn then went on to complete an MA in Musical Theatre Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. Now based in Glasgow, Finn continues to move between theatre work, and performing and recording as a singer-songwriter. He has also created music for a diverse range of theatre, film, art, dance and circus projects throughout the UK and internationally.
Following an international research trip facilitated by Creative Scotland and British Council, Finn is currently developing new musical The Bow Maker through a lab with National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep, which was one of eight new headline works at BEAM 2018, the UK’s largest festival of new musical theatre. Finn is also currently under commission from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the American Music Theatre Project to write and compose a new musical LEGACY: A Mother's Song for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018.
Other musical theatre writing includes Plots (work in progress) Come Hell or High Water (Citizens Theatre) Streets (Hackney Empire/The Cockpit, ‘Best New Musial’ nominee, Off West End Awards), Alba (Edinburgh Fringe, MTN Award nominee) Wolf (Tristan Bates).
Described by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson as “a great songwriting talent” Finn's solo work includes two self-released EPs, two UK tours, festival appearances at Big Tent, Belladrum, MugStock, the Edinburgh Fringe and Celtic Connections, and shows in New York and Chicago. The 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.
Recent music for theatre includes A Night To Remember, One More Sleep Til Christmas (Citizens Theatre), Look Up, Moonfall (Hikapee Circus Theatre/Jacksons Lane), Jellyfish (Intrepid Ensemble/International Youth Arts Festival/Edinburgh festival Fringe), Buckets, The Birds and Southside Stories (Citizens Theatre Young Co/Chrysalis Festival), The Iguanodon Queen (Bush Theatre), Slingshot (Park Theatre), Foreplay (The Cockpit). Other composition work includes three films with acclaimed Scottish video artist Rachel Maclean (Tate/National Galleries Scotland/Venice Biennale), several collaborations with Scottish Dance Theatre’s ‘Do Your Thing’ group, and musical direction for WHITE by spoken word artist Koko Brown.