Alba - A New Scottish Musical

Roddy swaps his designer suit and expensive shoes for waterproofs and walking boots and takes off on an unexpected and life-changing journey. From Best New Musical (Off West End Award Theatre Awards) nominee Finn Anderson comes this original new musical with a Celtic flair!

With quality writing, a beautiful musical score, vocal harmonies that send shivers down the spine and a story that is engrossing this is a musical which hits the spot in some style

This is essentially a four hander performed by musicians-cum-actors and it’s all delivered with style, succeeding in moving the audience with its gorgeous harmonies and rich musical tones. Writer Finn Anderson has truly come into his own with a story we can all relate to and a score which is impassioned with the ability to aspire to inspire.

The central performance from Andrew Barrett is assured in its conviction, coupled with his excellent singing voice which blends with Lawrence Boothman, Carmella Brown and Rosemary Stanford to the highest degree.

The performers play a range of instruments and are able to deliver a decidedly Scottish feel to it all thanks to the inclusive nature of the story interwoven with its musical score.

The only problem is the length of the show; you’re just getting into the production when the curtain falls as the story winds up. Interestingly it feels as though we are getting a look at a much bigger production and based on this offering, there is life ahead for Alba; a musical that refreshes the musicals section of this year’s fringe.

With quality writing, a beautiful musical score, vocal harmonies that send shivers down the spine and a story that is engrossing this is a musical which hits the spot in some style, truly a Scottish musical with hope for a future beyond the fringe.

Reviews by Brett Herriot

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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An 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 and its people. Infused with traditional Scottish influences, the original score is performed live by an outstanding cast of actor-musicians. Finn Anderson’s Streets was nominated for two Off West End Theatre Awards including Best New Musical and described as ‘Breathtaking’ (Stage), ‘Groundbreaking’ (WestEndFrame.com) and ‘Fiercely creative and thrillingly fresh’ (AYoungerTheatre.com).

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