A WorldStage event
from Scotland


November 29

December 17, 2023

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

conceived and directed by Amy Draper
associate direction by Eve Nicol
book by Stewart Melton
music & lyrics by Finn Anderson


“★★★★★ A flawless gem... A modern folk tale that is hard not to fall in love with


“Really gorgeous—sharp, moving, funny”

–The Daily Beast

Winner, Best New Musical – Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Staged with a contemporary folk-inspired score and epic storytelling, two performers reveal a world of characters, live-mixing and layering their voices to create a dazzling, unexpected soundscape as dramatic as the Scottish coastline. Eilidh is the only child on Kinnan Island, where most of the dwindling population has moved to the “Big Land.” As the island’s residents debate its future, a baby whale beaches itself, and Eilidh discovers a mysterious girl along the shore. This modern myth takes audiences on a journey that transcends loss, recovers hope, and finds community.

This celebrated co-production from Scotland is part of Chicago Shakespeare’s WorldStage Series—a landmark commitment to bring the world’s great theaters to Chicago and Chicago Shakespeare to the world.



Lois Craig & Julia Murray

Lois Craig & Julia Murray
Nov 29, Dec 1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 12, 15 & 17

Stephanie MacGaraidh & Sylvie Stenson

Stephanie MacGaraidh & Sylvie Stenson
Nov 30, Dec 2, 5, 8, 10, 13, 14 & 16

Open Captioning: Wed, December 6 7:30 p.m.

ASL Duo-interpretation: Fri, December 8 7:30 p.m.

Audio Description: Sun, December 10 2:00 p.m.


Creative Team

Amy Draper Concept and Director

Eve Nicol Associate Director

Stewart Melton Book

Finn Anderson Music & Lyrics, Music Director

Emma Bailey Scenic Designer

Simon Wilkinson Lighting Designer

Hahnji Jang Costume Designer

Sam Kusnetz Sound Designer

Additional Pages