A Mother's Song: A New Scottish Folk Musical
From 17th century Stirling to 21st century New York City, themes of identity, motherhood, and choice collide in a bold and life-affirming story which follows three remarkable women at different moments in history, and traces the incredible journey of Scottish folk music across the Atlantic.
Sarah comes from a long line of ballad singers, but has severed ties with the folk traditions of her childhood. In modern-day New York City, Sarah’s rediscovery of these songs and the family stories within them, force her to go on an unexpected and life-changing journey across time.
Finn & Tania meet at the Edinburgh festivals and begin chatting about ideas and developing new musical theatre.
The pair are commissioned to write a new musical for a Scottish-American cast of students from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) and American Music Theatre Project (AMTP). They began dreaming up the concept of A Mother’s Song.
January Tania & Finn lead a week of devising and early stage development with students at RCS
June A week in Chicago, workshopping the first draft of the the script and score
August The students from RCS and AMTP come together to stage the first production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
January-February Finn & Tania undertake a 5 week residency in Chicago at AMTP, to rewrite the show and workshop new material.
April Public reading at The Lowry in Salford, with a cast of 6, as part of Rewrites festival
September A Mother’s Song In Concert at MacRobert Arts Centre
October Recording A Mother's Song Concert Cast EP