A new 8-part musical drama podcast inspired by true stories from Scotland’s most remote and forgotten island, St Kilda, is set to launch later this month.
With a scintillating cast including Outlander star Richard Rankin, veteran Scottish actor David Hayman and Taggart star Blythe Duff, the new series will feature real recordings from St Kilda itself, immersing listeners in a story about a community at the end of the world.
It was written by award-winning musical theater partnership, NOISEMAKER, lyricist Scott Gilmour and composer Claire McKenzie, and produced The Big Light, Scotland’s podcast network.
Once one of the most remarkable communities, St Kilda is now deserted.
For hundreds of years, the islanders have endured extraordinary conditions and built a unique society that has been passed down from generation to generation.
That was until August 29, 1930, when the whole island boarded a ship and left their home, forever.
This series tells that story, through the eyes of two young islanders and the paths they both choose.
Episodes explore themes of home and heritage, identity and belonging – all spanning the shores of the Atlantic.
Airing from Monday, June 21, each weekly episode will run for 30-40 minutes.
Speaking of Atlantic, Ashley Smith-Hammond, Creative Industries Head of Creative Scotland: “Launching Atlantic: A Scottish Story into the podcast space is a great way for talented Scottish theatrical voices to explore the storytelling of stories outside of a traditional theater venue, while opportunities for stage performances are limited by the pandemic.
“Thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players, it’s exciting to see work like this spread beyond Scotland’s borders and connect with people around the world.”
Creators and writers Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie added, “As writers, we’ve always been drawn to ideas that offer new ways for audiences to engage with the form of musical theater – whether genre of story we tell, its environment or setting, or the method in which we tell it.
“Atlantic is our first music podcast and we are thrilled to produce it in partnership with The Big Light.
“Inspired by real events and traditions, this fictionalized tale is a celebration of Scottish stories, music and talent.
“We hope it will appeal to listeners around the world.”
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