Saturday, September 2, 2023

2023 Eigg the Musical Scrapbook

Creating Eigg the Musical started back in 2017 when an article appeared in the Guardian about the community buyout of the Isle of Eigg. Six years later we debuted our show at the 2023 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the last performance was at Greenside @ Riddles Court on August 12th. We delivered nine shows over the course of two weeks and many of them were sold out. Use the link below to look over the scrapbook we put together. It includes pictures that go all the way back to the beginning of the project.
2023 Eigg the Musical Scrapbook
2023 Eigg the Musical Scapbook
Everyone enjoyed the show and perhaps our small troupe from Denver most of all. Many from the group had never been out of the country before, but everyone was enthusiastic for the experience; after all, the Edinburgh theatre festival is the largest performing arts festival on the planet. Creating a new Musical takes a long time and if you strive for excellence you'll need to find people who know their craft and work well with other people. We were a tight knit group and we all understood that there is much more that we can do together than we could ever do on our own. Music theatre is ephemeral by nature, but it's nice to be able to look back at all the milestones you pass when creating a new musical theatre show.

Thursday, August 31, 2023

It takes a village to stand up a new musical

It really does take a village to bring a new musical to life and we wanted to thank all the wonderful people and organizations from all across Colorado who provided support and helped enhance our experience at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year. There are just so many moving parts to these sorts of things, so I hope we didn't forget anyone. Your generosity and support was amazing and something we'll never forget. Thank you from all of us! 🎭

Monday, August 14, 2023

Eigg the Musical - Reviews from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The reviews are coming out on Eigg the Musical:

***** 5 STARS *****
"This show has great potential to be something big. It tells an important story and is expertly performed. It is an ultimate show of the power of community, telling an important story of Scotland's history. Could this be Scotland’s next Sunshine on Leith?"
Abi Whitefield - The Scots Reviewer
Read the complete review

"I heartily agree with the reviewer!" Justin Hay - Toronto, Canada

"Eigg the Musical: Before we even talk about how great this show is, I just have to mention that the cast is full of wonderful people. So down to earth and so talented! The show itself is AMAZING. The music is awesome, the story is lovely, and it’s chock full of humor, love, and strength. If you want to see a wonderful musical based on a true story, this is the one!" 
Dan Lentell - Get Your Coats On - EdFestivals 2023 - Edinburgh, Scotland

BWW selected Eigg the Musical for top ten shows you really don't want to miss this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe! 

"The story of the Isle of Eigg definitely deserves to be told onstage. Having spent some time on Eigg I was really keen to see its fascinating story take to the stage. The song which has stuck with me is called something like “we drink all day.
* Natalie O'Donoghue - Broadway World

"Thanks Natalie, perhaps you should join Alcoholics Anonymous.Eigg the Musical - Denver, Colorado
Eigg show friends from Ayr Scotland
"Eigg the musical was fabulous with great storytelling of the history of that little island.Joyce Staniard Bell - Ayr, Scotland 

"We really enjoyed it! There were some great singers in the cast, it's a great story about the community buy out of Eigg.Wendy Weatherby - Edinburgh, Scotland."

"Brilliant! thank you for bringing this show to the festival.Ian MacGowan - Aberdeen, Scotland"

"It’s really good and entertaining! You should tour it around the Highlands and Islands! I met Keith Schelenburg in the 80s. I worked for the Council. He sent his little plane to fly me from Fort William. The pilot was Patrick Burns. We flew from Camisky. He had really ambitious ideas for the island.Ken Johnston - Highlands, Scotland"

"What a refreshing, hilarious and beautifully written musical." David Hewitson - Glasgow, Scotland

"Never a dull moment, we really enjoyed your show.Sandy Byrne - Carnwath, Scotland"

"Really enjoyed watching your show....loved the music and choreography....and hats off to Lord Skillington for wearing that Aran jumper in such a warm space!"  Stewart Furini - East Sussex, England

Sunday, August 13, 2023

List of our past Blog posts

Here's a list of our blog posts about our new Musical:

2023 Eigg the Musical Scrapbook

It takes a village to stand up a new musical

Eigg the Musical - Reviews from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Eigg the Musical - That's a wrap!

Eigg the Musical Performance at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Opening scene in 360° Greenside @ Riddles Court

Opening night at the 2023 Edinburgh festival fringe

Eigg music ensemble join forces at Ensign Ewert in Edinburgh

Greenside press gala to kickoff the 2023 Edinburgh fringe festival

Vintage preview program QR code

Preview of Eigg the Musical at Vintage Theatre

Sovereignty and Ownership of the Isle of Eigg

Eigg the Musical Troupe Photos

Reform Starts Now!

2023 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Program Launch

Posters for Eigg the Musical at Riddles Court

Ceilidh dance training, what could go wrong?

Kickoff celebration for Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Tickets available for Eigg the Musical

Logo and marketing collateral for Eigg the Musical

Mark your 2023 calendars!

Script development and Cèilidh dance training

Creating an authentic musical score for Eigg

Yes, we're adding plenty of Ceilidh music!

We have a NEW Eigg website address!

We're adding an Accordion to the Eigg Score

Visiting the Isle of Eigg

Music from the show performed on Eigg!

Introducing Sbani & Alsup

Eigg the Musical early development video

The joy of a replenished song list!

An interesting logo concept

ALPHA1...we have a song you read me Houston...over

Experience Eigg Island

The Isle of Eigg

First official blog post

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Eigg the Musical - That's a wrap!

Our closing performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival was Saturday August 12th, 2023. What a fun ride, we met so many good people and we'll never forget our time in Scotland. On closing night we all gathered on stage for our final group photo.
Cast and Crew photo on closing night
Afterwards we gathered to thank all the donors who helped make the trip even more enjoyable, then it was out for dinner and back to pack and prepare for a long day of travel to Colorado.
Cast thanking Indiegogo donors