Roddy swaps his expensive suit and designer shoes for waterproofs and walking boots, and takes off on an unexpected and life-changing journey.
Alba is an exhilarating, heartwarming story of a young man whose reluctant return to rural Scotland sparks an emotional roller-coaster of adventure and self discovery, triggering him to rekindle his love for his home country.
Infused with Scottish folk and traditional influences, the piece will feature an entirely original score performed live by a cast of actor-musicians.
"The challenge is to create a unique, energetic and provocative new piece of Scottish musical theatre for the greatest festival in the world - The Edinburgh Festival Fringe! I love the rich folk music tradition we have across Scotland, where intimate and informal music sessions bring people together in a very unique way. This will be a huge influence on the sound and shaping of this piece and in the way our rehearsal room will work, with many of the creative and musical decisions being made collaboratively as an ensemble. My dream is for our rehearsal room be a place where traditional folk session meets theatre-making - everyone doing their turn, listening to one another and feeding off of one another to create something unique and special. 'Alba' is going to be a huge undertaking but a very exciting venture! I hope the idea inspires you as much as it has me and that you'll want to be a part of its development" - Writer & Producer Finn Anderson
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS MUSICAL?
For a start, Alba features entirely new songs and an original storyline - something hard to come by in the West End. The piece will bring current styles of music together with traditional Scottish styles. The cast of actor-musicians will form a true ensemble, having a creative part in the shaping of the piece with many of the musical arrangements being created in the room - a very unconventional approach for musical theatre.
WHAT IS THE MONEY GOING TOWARDS?
Taking a show to Edinburgh is extremely expensive. The vast majority of productions struggle to break even and profit is extremely rare. However, it is one of the best and most exciting places on the globe to showcase new writing and so we are determined to get there!
The money raised on Kickstarter will predominantly go towards the hire of the performance venue for 2 weeks, the hire of rehearsal space and the Edinburgh Fringe registration. £4,000 is the absolute minimum we need to cover those costs. We're lucky to have one of the most attractive, unique venues in Edinburgh, Surgeons' Hall - but no commercial production company backing us. This is happening because we are passionate about bringing something new to life, but without your support it won't be possible.
WHAT DO YOU GET IN RETURN?
We have got some pretty special rewards lined up for you ranging from signed CDs to a private house concert or original song written especially for you. Check it out on the right hand side.
Also you get to play a part in furthering the creation of innovative new musical theatre in Scotland and the UK. With the West End awash with 'jukebox musicals' based on films or existing songs, it is more important than ever to support new, adventurous writing. Innovations in new musical theatre are few and far between. By backing Alba you are supporting Finn Anderson and the team's long-term goal to defy musical theatre stereotypes and conventions by breaking new ground and daring to find original ways of creating high-quality new musical theatre.
Risks and challenges
Due to the costs involved, it is unlikely we will be able to pay the cast more than the Equity minimum - far less than the fee they deserve for their commitment and talent. Our team will be driven by the passion and belief in this piece and new writing. By raising funds before August, it means that anything we make during the festival can be split between the actors.
There were about 2,871 shows at the Fringe in 2013! The average audience size is 5 people. There is always the risk that your show won't be a success. However we feel strongly that this piece will resonate with people in Edinburgh and, having had brilliant audience turnout with 'Streets' in 2012, we are confident that 'Alba' will find an audience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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