Writer & Composer - Finn Anderson

Director - Tania Azevedo 

Musical Director / Orchestrator - Daniel Jarvis

Supported by Creative Scotland. Developed through a Musical Theatre Lab with National Theatre of Scotland, Dundee Rep Theatre and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 


The world’s finest string players must have the world’s finest bows and these bows require a specific, rare wood – Pernambuco, harvested from Brazil’s national tree.

In 2001, farming of the tree was restricted due to Pernambuco becoming an endangered species. This sparked an unlikely alliance between world-class European bow makers from Vienna, Paris and Nuremberg and peasant farmers in Brazil with implications for string players and orchestras the world over, including here in Scotland.

A new piece of music theatre, will tell the story of these accidental activists, catapulted into the world of international trade, environmental activism and classical music.

Supported by Creative Scotland, I travelled to Europe to meet the bow makers in their workshops; to Brazil to meet the farmers and activists protecting their national tree; and to spent time with the finest string players here in Scotland to learn about their craft. I have been awarded a Musical Theatre Lab to explore this idea, through a new collaboration between National Theatre of Scotland, Dundee Rep and the RCS.