As a composer / lyricist Ian has written several musicals –CAVALLO, DORIAN GRAY – THE MUSICAL, BLUDE RED and a shorter adaptation of WHISKY GALORE – A MUSICAL! both performed at the Edinburgh fringe in 2006. In 2007 his musical FLING! written with Suzanne Lofthus, was one of the ten finalists in MACMUSICAL – 10 ON A HIGHLAND QUEST screened on BBC2. He has also written music for productions of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE and for Scottish Youth Theatre HOW TO CREATE AN AVATAR. The full length adaptation of WHISKY GALORE – A MUSICAL! ran at Pitlochry Festival Theatre in the 2009 season to become their best-selling show ever and was nominated for two Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland. It was revived by PFT in Oct/Nov 2011 as part of their 60th Anniversary Celebrations to launch their Autumn season. In 2011 he also wrote Music and Lyrics for ‘11’ performed at the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2014 Whisky Galore a Musical! was published by Stagescripts Ltd and has been performed throughout Scotland by various amateur companies. He is also currently developing ‘CARNEGIE – THE STAR SPANGLED SCOTCHMAN’ a new musical based on the life of Andrew Carnegie which was produced at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and a new musical comedy called ‘HYMN IDOL’. In 2016 Ian wrote the song ‘Help a Child Belong’ to support the Foster in Fife campaign. Watch on YouTube
He also wrote the song ‘I WANNA DANCE’ for Kat G. Buy here
As an actor and singer he has appeared in leading roles in several musical’s including CAROUSEL, DAMN YANKEES, CHESS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, JEKYLL AND HYDE, CALAMITY JANE THE MAGIC FLUTE, CLARINDA and sung on the original cast recording. CRUSADE, THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL, BBC’S – FUTUREWORLD, Theatre in Education and Youth Theatre Work.
He is currently directing a production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF for Edinburgh Music Theatre which will be on at The Kings Theatre, Edinburgh 5th to 8th April and is available for work as a freelance director.Contact Ian