Media release: Scottish musical drama podcast, Atlantic, nominated for a prestigious ARIAS Award


Scottish musical drama podcast, Atlantic, nominated for a prestigious ARIAS Award, for UK radio and audio

ARIAS nomination 2022 – Best fictional storytelling

THE Big Light, Scotland’s podcast network, is delighted to announce that its eight-part musical drama, Atlantic – A Scottish Story, has been nominated for a prestigious ARIAS Award in the Best Fictional Storytelling category.

The sixth annual Audio & Radio Industry Awards (ARIAS), run by The Radio Academy, will take place at the Adelphi Theatre in London on Tuesday May 3, hosted by Rylan.

ABOUT: Atlantic is an eight-part musical drama inspired by true stories from the remote Scottish island, St Kilda. It is written by award-winning musical theatre partnership,               Noisemaker – Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie.

It follows the story of two young islanders and features a soaring original score and songs, paired with traditional Gaelic music. Atlantic’s star-studded cast includes David Hayman, Kate Dickie, Blythe Duff, Richard Rankin and Ainsley Hamill.

The Big Light is Scotland’s podcast network and producers of broadcast-quality podcasts. Based in Glasgow, The Big Light founders are TV and radio professionals, Fiona White and Janice Forsyth.

Noisemaker is the award-winning writing partnership of writer/actor Scott Gilmour, and composer/musical director Claire McKenzie. Both graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the pair work across the UK and internationally; creating innovative, original work to challenge the expectations of musical theatre.

“Atlantic is our first podcast musical and we’re thrilled to be producing it with The Big Light network. Inspired by real events, this fictional retelling is a celebration of Scottish stories, music and talent.” Noisemaker

EPISODES: Eight episodes


EPISODES: Links to all episodes:


Written and created by Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie;

Original songs and music by Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie;

Directed by Scott Gilmour;

Music production and direction by Claire McKenzie;

Sound design by Cameron Angus Mackay;

Orchestration and additional sound design by Claire McKenzie;

Edited by Cameron Angus Mackay and Claire McKenzie;

Voice recordings by Brian McAlpine at The Big Light Studio;

Music and additional voice recordings by Claire McKenzie at the Noisemaker Studio and remotely across the UK;

Field recording on St Kilda provided by Chris Watson;

Production photography by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan;

Final audio mix by Brian McAlpine;

Produced by Cameron Angus Mackay and Janice Forsyth and Noisemaker; and

Executive produced by Janice Forsyth and Fiona White.

Atlantic was produced by The Big Light Studio in association with Noisemaker Productions and was supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Fund.

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