Curriculum for Excellence Resources

This exquisitely stripped backed musical uses a range of technology to re-examine the genre. Exploring identity, dreams and the nature of connection, Islander is the perfect performance to support work in and around Social Studies, Health and Wellbeing and Expressive Arts, particularly students working towards national qualifications.

Opportunities for learning and curriculum links

Expressive Arts (Drama & Music)

  • Having developed ideas from a range of stimuli, I can contribute to devising, rehearsing and presenting drama or scripts.
    EXA 3-14a
  • I can respond to the experience of drama by discussing my thoughts and feelings. I can give and accept constructive comment on my own and others’ work.
    EXA 3-15a  
  • I can use theatre arts technology to enhance tension, mood and atmosphere in drama work.
    EXA 4-14b
  • I can analyse technical aspects of drama and scripts, make informed judgments and express considered opinions on my own and others’ work.
    EXA 4-15a
  • I can use my voice, musical instruments or music technology to improvise or compose with melody, rhythm, harmony, timbre and structure.
    EXA 3-17a
  • I have listened to a range of music and can identify features and concepts. I can give constructive comments on my own and others’ work, including the work of professionals.
    EXA 3-19a 
  • I can use music technology to compose, record and produce music and to enhance performance.
    EXA 4-17b
  • Having developed my ideas from a range of stimuli, I can create and present compositions using a broad range of musical concepts and ideas.
    EXA 4-18a
  • Having reflected on my personal experiences, including participation and engagement with professionals, I can listen to a wide range of music and identify and analyse technical aspects, make informed judgments and express personal opinions on my own and others’ work.
    EXA 4-19a

Social Studies

  • I can describe the major characteristic features of Scotland’s landscape and explain how these are formed.
    SOC 2-07a
  • Having investigated processes which form and shape landscapes. I can explain their impact on selected landscapes in Scotland, Europe and beyond.
    SOC 3-07 
  • I can explain how the physical environment influences the ways in which people use land by comparing my local area with a contrasting area.
    SOC 2-13a
  • By comparing settlement and economic activity in two contrasting landscapes. I can reach conclusions about how landscapes influence human activity. I can explain my findings clearly to others.
    SOC 3-13a
  • I can use evidence selectively to research current social, political or economic issues.
    SOC 2-15a / SOC 3-15a

Health and Wellbeing

  • I know that friendship, caring, sharing, fairness, equality and love are important in building positive relationships. As I develop and value relationships, I care and show respect for myself and others.
    HWB 2-05a / HWB 3-05a / HWB 4-05a
  • I understand the importance of mental wellbeing and that this can be fostered and strengthened through personal coping skills and positive relationships. I know that it is not always possible to enjoy good mental health and that if this happens there is support available.
    HWB 2-06a / HWB 3-06a / HWB 4-06a


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Expressive Arts
Health and Wellbeing
Social Studies
BBC Sounds
BBC Sounds
  • Tuesday 25 May – Sunday 6 June

This audio recording is being offered free of charge. Just add it to your booking to access it throughout the Festival. 

Eilidh stares out to sea and dreams of a new life beyond her lonely island. Myth and reality collide when the tide washes a mysterious stranger onto her beach, changing her life forever. Epic storytelling told through a contemporary Scottish folk-inspired score.

In this audio recording, the two-hander cast perform a whole host of characters, while weaving, building and layering their voices using looping technology to create an expansive, ethereal soundscape for the ears and imagination.

Originally conceived and directed for the stage by Amy Draper, with musical book by Stewart Melton and music and lyrics by Finn Anderson, for Helen Milne Productions. Produced and Directed for BBC Audio Drama North by Pauline Harris. A BBC recording originally broadcast on Radio 4.

 “It’s a gorgeous production, rich in wit, musicality and transformation.” The Guardian

Listen (again) to the songs featured in the play on Spotify.

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