Finn Anderson is a Scottish composer, songwriter and writer committed to creating work that both embraces and challenges the musical theatre form. Alongside his musical theatre work, Finn has also created music and songs for a diverse range of performance, film and art projects throughout the UK and internationally.
Following an international research trip facilitated by Creative Scotland and British Council, Finn is currently developing new musical The Bow Maker through a lab with National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep, which was one of eight new headline works at BEAM 2018, the UK’s largest festival of new musical theatre. Finn is also currently under commission from RCS and the American Music Theatre Project to write and compose a new musical LEGACY: A Mother's Song for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018.
Musical theatre writing includes Plots (work in progress) Come Hell or High Water (Citizens Theatre) Streets (Hackney Empire/The Cockpit, ‘Best New Musial’ nominee, Off West End Awards), Alba (Edinburgh Fringe, MTN Award nominee) Wolf (Tristan Bates).
Recent music for theatre includes A Night To Remember, One More Sleep Til Christmas (Citizens Theatre), Look Up, Moonfall (Hikapee Circus Theatre/Jacksons Lane), Jellyfish (Intrepid Ensemble/International Youth Arts Festival/Edinburgh festival Fringe), Buckets, The Birds and Southside Stories (Citizens Theatre Young Co/Chrysalis Festival), The Iguanodon Queen (Bush Theatre), Slingshot (Park Theatre), Foreplay (The Cockpit). Other composition work includes three films with acclaimed Scottish video artist Rachel Maclean (Tate/National Galleries Scotland/Venice Biennale), several collaborations with Scottish Dance Theatre’s ‘Do Your Thing’ group, and musical direction for WHITE by spoken word artist Koko Brown. Finn has also facilitated workshops and creative processes with some of the UK's leading companies for young people.
For Finn's work as a singer-songwriter see www.finnanderson.co.uk
MUSICAL THEATRE WRITING
LEGACY: A Mother's Song (book, music & lyrics)
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018. Commissioned by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and American Music Theatre Project.
The Bow Maker (book, music & lyrics)
Work in progress. Developed with support from National Theatre of Scotland, Dundee Rep, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland & Creative Scotland.
Presented at BEAM 2018, Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Come Hell or High Water (music & lyrics)
Citizens Theatre 2018. Supported by Sky Arts 50.
Plots (book, music & lyrics)
Work-in-progress. Supported by Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, Old Vic New Voices, Theatre Royal Stratford East and New Wolsey Theatre.
Alba (book, music & lyrics)
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014
Streets (original concept, music & lyrics)
Hackney Empire / The Vaults / The Cockpit, 2013-15
Wolf (book, music & lyrics)
Tristan Bates Theatre, 2013. Developed whilst studying at Goldsmiths, University of London.
COMPOSITION FOR THEATRE
A Night To Remember (Citizens Theatre, 2018)
Look Up (Hikapee Circus Theatre, outdoor touring, 2018)
One More Sleep 'til Christmas (Citizens Theatre, 2017)
Buckets (Citizens Young Co, Citizens Theatre, 2017)
The Box of Odd Shoes (Scottish Youth Theatre, An Lanntair 2017)
Islander (director Amy Draper & writer Stewart Melton, work-in-progress, 2017)
Moonfall (Hikapee Circus Theatre, Jackson's Lane 2017)
Jellyfish (Intrepid Ensemble, Pleasance Courtyard Edinburgh / The Vaults London, 2016)
Forbidden (Scottish Youth Theatre, 2016)
The Birds (Citizens Young Co, Citizens Theatre, 2016)
Southside Stories (Citizens Young Co, Citizens Theatre / Traverse Theatre, 2015)
Streets (Interval Productions, The Cockpit / Hackney Empire / The Vaults, 2013-2015)
Alba (Finn Anderson, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2014)
The Iguanodon Queen (Bush Theatre, 2014)
Slingshot (Park Theatre, 2014)
Foreplay (The Cockpit, 2014)
Open Wide (Open Wide Collective, 2013)
Wolf (Finn Anderson, Tristan Bates Theatre, 2013)
COMPOSITION FOR DANCE
Empathy (Scottish Dance Theatre, Do Your Thing, Perth Concert Hall, 2017)
The Suffocating Truth (UnTitled / Lukas McFarlane, UK Tour 2016-17)
Adrift (Scottish Dance Theatre, Do Your Thing, Great Big Dance Show, 2015)
The Gloaming (Scottish Dance Theatre, Do Your Thing, Great Big Dance Show, 2014)
Pretty Lies (Dancers United, Lukas McFarlane, 2013)
Do Your Thing (Scottish Dance Theatre, Do Your Thing, Great Big Dance Show, 2013)
Sub Rosa (Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Andrew Gardiner, 2012)
COMPOSITION FOR FILM, VIDEO + ANIMATION
Spite Your Face (Rachel Maclean, Barry-Crerar, Venice Biennale, 2017)
Arc Film Festival Promo (Arc International Film Festival, 2017)
It's What's Inside That Counts (Rachel Maclean, HOME Manchester / Tate, 2016)
Feed Me (Rachel Maclean, Film & Video Umbrella, 2015)
Dancing Nina (Slava Lawson, Duncan of Jordanstone, 2013)
Edinburgh Online Fashion Week (2014)
Affectionately Yours (Tricia Anderson, Duncan of Jordanstone, 2013)
WORKSHOPS & FACILITATION
Scottish Youth Theatre (Facilitator and Musical Director, 2016-2017)
Pop-up Cinema Project (Drama/Music Facilitator, Young Norfolk Arts Festival, 2017)
Youth Music Theatre UK (Musical Director, Edinburgh Skills Course, 2016)
Citizens Young Company (Musical Director & Workshop Leader, 2015-2016)
Young Norfolk Arts Festival (Creative workshops, 2015-2016)
Norwich School (Creative workshops, 2016)
Scottish Book Week (Creative drama & music workshops, 2015)
Inspire Studios (Drama facilitator, 2014-16)
Makebelieve London (Drama and Singing tutor, 2013-14)
Musical Theatre Writing MA (distinction), Goldsmiths, University of London
Music Performance BA (University of Highlands and Islands)