Review: Atlantic – America and the Great War

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Assembly Hall, Aug 12, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26

4 Stars (4 / 5)

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Atlantic: America and the Great War is one part of two collaborations between the school and the American Music Theatre Project. It follows a young woman on a quest to find her sister after she goes missing on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean when trying to uncover their European ancestry.

While it takes a while for the narrative to settle, this production is rife with potential that transcends the hour and the small studio space. The simple staging transforms the space with the inventive use of a large rope to suggest various locations. The music is soothing and beautiful, and the lead actors’ inconsistent acting is overshadowed by their emotive voices.

Atlantic: America and the Great War may be sufficient in its current form, but also seems like a gem in the rough, full of potential to be a bigger, fuller production than it currently is.