Review: Atlantic – A Scottish Story

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Assembly Hall, Aug 15, 17, 19, 23, 25, 27

3 Stars (3 / 5)

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Atlantic: A Scottish Story is one part of two collaborations between the school and the American Music Theatre Project. It follows a young woman, Evie (Caroline Lyell), who gives up a life beyond the Scottish shores with her childhood sweetheart, Quinn (Reed Lancaster).

The original music is truly the star of this show under Shonagh Murray’s musical direction. With deep traditional Scottish influences that characterise the highlands and the ocean, the songs take the audience on a beautiful journey. With simple staging, the audience sees Evie’s growth from child to woman. However, the performances are rather jarring, particularly with genuine attempts to adopt Scottish accents from non-Scottish actors and even more so with extremely cringe-worthy ‘child acting’. Their melodious voices definitely make this production better heard than seen.

That being said, Atlantic: America and the Great War has potential to develop further into a musical that may one day establish itself as a true Scottish story.