Mull Theatre / Helen Milne Productions
Scotland-wide tour 2018
Paines Plough Roundabout, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019
Southwark Playhouse, London 2019


★ ★ ★ ★ “Finn Anderson’s music is ruddy gorgeous”

(Lyn Gardner)

★ ★ ★ ★ “a real treat… it is Finn Anderson’s music and its delivery which really sets this apart… There are just the two actors, their voices and the loops which they record live, building up everything from the breath of a dying whale to the techno music of a teenage bedroom, an angry village meeting and an even angrier storm… the results are quite something.”

(All Edinburgh Theatre)

★ ★ ★ ★ “a magically minimalist production, Islander challenges the possibilities of imagination in story, technology, and staging”

(Outlier Scotland)

★ ★ ★ ★ “it's both the complexity and simplicity of Islander that make it so thoroughly enjoyable”

(The List)

★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ Fest Magazine
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★★ Musical Theatre Review
★★★★★ BritishTheatre
★★★★ WhatsOnStage
★★★★ The Skinny
★★★★ Exeunt


Eilidh stares out to sea and dreams of a new life beyond her lonely island. Myth and reality collide when the tide washes a mysterious stranger onto her beach, changing her life forever. Epic storytelling, intimately staged with a contemporary Scottish folk-inspired score.

The two-hander cast of Kirsty Findlay (Olivier Award Nominated, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour) and Bethany Tennick perform a whole host of characters, while weaving, building and layering their voices using looping technology to create an expansive, ethereal soundscape for the ears and imagination.

Winner of Musical Theatre Review’s Best Musical Award – Edinburgh Fringe 2019, Islander is conceived and directed by Amy Draper with a book by Stewart Melton and music and lyrics by Finn Anderson.


Part of Made in Scotland Showcase 2019 and originally developed in association with Comar.

Conceived & Directed by Amy Draper
Book by Stewart Melton
Music and Lyrics by Finn Anderson.
Devised with Kirsty Findlay & Bethany Tennick
Produced by Helen Milne Productions in association with Mull Theatre
Supported by Creative Scotland.