9 episodes

Atlantic: A Scottish Story is an 8-part musical drama inspired by the true stories of Scotland’s most remote and forgotten island - St Kilda.


St Kilda now lies deserted, but it was once home to a remarkable community. For hundreds of years, islanders endured extraordinary conditions and built a unique society. On 29 August 1930, the entire island boarded a ship and left their home, forever. The series tells that story, through the eyes of two young islanders and the paths they both choose. Home and heritage, identity and belonging, stretched across the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.


The series was written by award-winning musical theatre partnership, Noisemaker - bookwriter/lyricist Scott Gilmour and composer, Claire McKenzie - and produced by The Big Light. Atlantic features a soaring original score, traditional Gaelic song and real location recordings from St Kilda itself, immersing listeners in a story about a community out on the edge of the world. 


For more information, go to: thebiglight.com/atlantic

Atlantic: A Scottish Story The Big Light / Noisemaker

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    • 4.8 • 43 Ratings

Atlantic: A Scottish Story is an 8-part musical drama inspired by the true stories of Scotland’s most remote and forgotten island - St Kilda.


St Kilda now lies deserted, but it was once home to a remarkable community. For hundreds of years, islanders endured extraordinary conditions and built a unique society. On 29 August 1930, the entire island boarded a ship and left their home, forever. The series tells that story, through the eyes of two young islanders and the paths they both choose. Home and heritage, identity and belonging, stretched across the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.


The series was written by award-winning musical theatre partnership, Noisemaker - bookwriter/lyricist Scott Gilmour and composer, Claire McKenzie - and produced by The Big Light. Atlantic features a soaring original score, traditional Gaelic song and real location recordings from St Kilda itself, immersing listeners in a story about a community out on the edge of the world. 


For more information, go to: thebiglight.com/atlantic

    8. The Arctic Tern

    8. The Arctic Tern

    1963 - Skye and Quinn finally arrive on Hirta to find their home empty and forgotten.


    1930 - The islanders are faced with a final decision; for their community to survive, they must leave Hirta for good. Sloane oversees the evacuation with the help of an old friend. Skye contemplates what future waits on the mainland. And Evie writes her final letter. 






    Featuring:


    KIRSTY FINDLAY as EVIE MCCORMICK


    SEBASTIAN LIM-SEET and David Hayman as QUINN WHYTE 


    DANIELLE FIAMANYA as SKYE SINCLAIR


    Richard Rankin as sloane Sinclair


    KATE DICKIE as MS CAMERON


    LAWRENCE SMITH as ARLO MCCORMICK


    John Kielty as Carey Whyte


    Blythe duff as Fiadh McCormick


    Iain Stannage as Boat Captain


    Jeff Lamont as Captain of the Hebrides


    AINSLEY HAMILL as THE VOICE OF HIRTA 






    SPECIAL thanks to ADAM KAPLAN, TYLER COLLINS, BRIAN JAMES O’SULLIVAN, JOHN MACAULEY, CAROLINE LYELL, ELEANOR GILMOUR, KATIE LUNDIE, TOMMY GA-KEN WAN, LAUREN GILMOUR, FINN ANDERSON, BLAIR ANDERSON, SAM COLL, JEFF LAMONT, HEATHER CHRISTIE, IAIN STANNAGE, STEFAN DEITERS, GRANT ANDERSON, MELANIE BELL AND JOHN GILMOUR for Additional Voices throughout the series.






    Live musicians:


    SALLY SIMPSON, MATTHEW HOWELLS, MARISSA WAITE, JOHN KIELTY and Andrew Huggan






    Atlantic: A Scottish Story was written and created by Scott Gilmour & Claire McKenzie. Produced by Noisemaker and The Big Light. For more information about the cast, band and creative team, go to: www.thebiglight.com/atlantic

    • 41 min
    7. The First of the Last

    7. The First of the Last

    1914 - Eleven years have passed on Hirta. Evie tries to rein in her daughter, Skye, as the island mourns a difficult loss. Carey and Ms Cameron both pack up for the mainland. And as Evie and Quinn continue to write their letters, the rumble of war looms over them both.


    1963 - Skye and Quinn make the final crossing to St Kilda.






    Featuring:


    Kirsty Findlay as Evie Mccormick


    Sebastian Lim-Seet and David Hayman as Quinn Whyte


    Danielle Fiamanya as Skye Sinclair


    Richard Rankin As Sloane Sinclair


    Kate Dickie as Ms Cameron


    Lawrence Smith as Arlo Mccormick


    John Kielty as Carey Whyte


    Stefan Deiters as U-Boat Captain


    Ainsley Hamill as The Voice Of Hirta


    Also featuring John Gilmour, Tommy Ga-Ken Wan, Katie Lundie, Eleanor Gilmour, Finn Anderson and Lauren Gilmour as Islanders






    Live Musicians:


    Sally Simpson, Matthew Howells, Marissa Waite and John Kielty






    Atlantic: A Scottish Story was written and created by Scott Gilmour & Claire McKenzie.


    Produced by Noisemaker and The Big Light. For more information about the cast, band and creative team, go to: www.thebiglight.com/atlantic

    • 41 min
    6. Changing Tides

    6. Changing Tides

    1902 - A steam boat arrives on Hirta with a new kind of cargo for the island; tourists. Fiadh and Ms Cameron come head to head. Sloane misfires on preparations for the wedding. And Evie comes to terms with her choice.


    1964 - Quinn takes stock on Harris. The final stop before St Kilda. 






    Featuring:


    Kirsty Findlay as Evie Mccormick


    Sebastian Lim-Seet and David Hayman as Quinn Whyte


    Blythe Duff as Fiadh McCormick


    Richard Rankin as Sloane Sinclair


    Kate Dickie as Ms Cameron


    Lawrence Smith as Arlo Mccormick


    Tommy Ga-Ken Wan as Sandy Duncan


    Brian James O'Sullivan as Tour Guide


    Finn Anderson as Minister of Glenorchy


    Iain Stannage as Boat Captain


    Danielle Fiamanya as Skye Sinclair


    Ainsley Hamill as The Voice of Hirta


    Also featuring Janice Forsyth, Fiona White, Cameron Angus Mackay, Brian McAlpine, John Gilmour, Grant Anderson, Blair Anderson, Eleanor Gilmour, Sam Coll, Iain Stannage, Jeff Lamont and Heather Christie as The Tourists.






    Live Musicians:


    Sally Simpson, Matthew Howells, Marissa Waite and John Kielty






    Atlantic: A Scottish Story was written and created by Scott Gilmour & Claire McKenzie.


    Produced by Noisemaker and The Big Light. For more information about the cast, band and creative team, go to: www.thebiglight.com/atlantic

    • 32 min
    5. Building a Nest

    5. Building a Nest

    1901 - Time has passed on Hirta as Evie returns to full health. John McKenzie returns to the island to herald the death of Queen Victoria. Sloane makes Evie an offer and Quinn reaches Chicago.


    1963 - Quinn arrives on Skye, edging closer to St Kilda.






    Featuring:


    Kirsty Findlay as Evie Mccormick


    Sebastian Lim-Seet and David Hayman as Quinn Whyte 


    Blythe Duff as Fiadh Mccormick


    Kate Dickie as Ms Cameron


    Richard Rankin as Sloane Sinclair


    Lawrence Smith as Arlo Mccormick


    John Macauley as John McKenzie


    Caroline Lyell as Grace Collins 


    Ainsley Hamill as the Voice of Hirta 






    Live musicians:


    Sally Simpson, Matthew Howells, Marissa Waite and John Kielty






    Atlantic: A Scottish Story was written and created by Scott Gilmour & Claire McKenzie.


    Produced by Noisemaker and The Big Light. For more information about the cast, band and creative team, go to: www.thebiglight.com/atlantic

    • 35 min
    4. Picking Up The Thread

    4. Picking Up The Thread

    1899 - Quinn finally crosses the Atlantic and finds himself in the company of some unlikely companions. Fiadh and Evie begin to process Arlo’s accident. Ms Cameron prepares Hirta for the arrival of a new inhabitant.


    1963 - Quinn’s crossing to Harris continues.






    Featuring:


    Kirsty Findlay as Evie Mccormick


    Sebastian Lim-Seet and David Hayman as Quinn Whyte


    Blythe Duff as Fiadh Mccormick


    Kate Dickie as Ms Cameron


    Richard Rankin As Sloane Sinclair


    Lawrence Smith as Arlo Mccormick


    Adam Kaplan as Frank Spinney


    Tyler Collins as Charlie Boyd


    Katie Lundie as Gitta Douglas


    Additional voices by Melanie Bell


    Ainsley Hamill as The Voice Of Hirta


    Live Musicians:


    Sally Simpson, Matthew Howells, Marissa Waite and John Kielty






    Atlantic: A Scottish Story was written and created by Scott Gilmour & Claire McKenzie.


    Produced by Noisemaker and The Big Light. For more information about the cast, band and creative team, go to: www.thebiglight.com/atlantic

    • 29 min
    3. Tethered

    3. Tethered

    1898 - Ms Cameron oversees the construction of new cottages on the island. Fiadh distances herself. Arlo grapples with his lack of responsibility on Hirta. And Evie receives a letter.


    1963 - Old Quinn reaches Skye.






    Featuring:


    Kirsty Findlay as Evie Mccormick


    Sebastian Lim-Seet and David Hayman as Quinn Whyte


    Blythe Duff as Fiadh Mccormick


    Kate Dickie as Ms Cameron


    John Kielty as Carey Whyte


    Lawrence Smith as Arlo Mccormick


    Brian James O’Sullivan as Archie Thomson


    Ainsley Hamill as The Voice Of Hirta






    Live Musicians:


    Sally Simpson, Matthew Howells, Marissa Waite and John Kielty


    Atlantic: A Scottish Story was written and created by Scott Gilmour & Claire McKenzie.






    Atlantic: A Scottish Story was written and created by Scott Gilmour & Claire McKenzie.


    Produced by Noisemaker and The Big Light. For more information about the cast, band and creative team, go to: www.thebiglight.com/atlantic

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

manlybrian ,

Great story, bad music

This podcast is great and I highly recommend it! The production is at a commercial level, the story is simple but engaging, the characters are strong, and the acting is top tier. I have only one negative, and it is the music. It's quite bad. The singing is good and there is one song that's a little catchy, but all the lyrics are hokey and forgettable. The grand musical production isn't enough to cover the amateur lyrics. But don't let that deter you. The songs are short and you can obviously fast-forward if you don't like them, but this podcast is still worth a listen. Check it out!

Kailbill ,

So so beautiful

This is possibly my new favorite podcast. The story is great. The music is beautiful. The characters are wonderful and I love them all. I will re-listen just to be a part of Hirta again.

Please don’t pass this one up. It may take an episode or two to get into, but if you give yourself the time, you’ll be glad you did.

Also to The Big Light, please make more impactful shows with moving music like this! You guys do great work.

gravetim ,

Powerful

I feel like I know the soul of Hirta. My tears flowed as the island was evacuated.

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