The Darien Gap. A treacherous rain forest that stands between Panama and Colombia. Seldom seen by outsiders, without a single road, it is one of the most dangerous places on earth.
Over 300 years ago, on the fourth of July 1698, the first of two expeditions set sail from Scotland in an attempt to establish a trading colony between Africa and Europe. Known as the Darien Scheme, it hoped to rescue Scotland from famine and poverty. Everything was stacked against the settlers. The climate, the rain forest, disease, hunger, the English Crown and the Spanish. Reimagined through the eyes of one settler, Murdo McFarlane, this new musical tells the story, not of the privileged few, but of the ordinary folk, those who struggled to build a new future for themselves, for Scotland and paid the ultimate price.