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Morna is a playwright, actress, musician and producer from Moray. She was awarded Scots Writer of the Year at the inaugural Scots Language Awards in 2019.
Lost at Sea, Morna's debut full-length play, premiered at Perth Theatre in 2019 before touring No. 1 venues in Scotland (including The Kings, Edinburgh and His Majesty's, Aberdeen). Lost at Sea is an epic tale spanning forty years of the fishing industry. Subsequently, the play won two Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS), a Broadway World Award and was a finalist in the Herald's Culture Awards. Alongside this, Morna's Scots comedy Aye, Elvis commenced its third outing as part of the 'People's Choice' season at A Play, a Pie and a Pint. The Herald's 5* review described it as "Young's gem of a play... it's a delight".
Morna was recipient of the 2017 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship (hosted by Aberdeen City Council), the New Playwrights Award 2014 (Playwrights' Studio, Scotland) and the 'Tomorrow at Noon' award for female playwrights 2018 (Jermyn Street Theatre). Her international work includes playwright-in-residence for BATS Theatre in Wellington, New Zealand for three months and a residency in Rome as part of the Muriel Spark 100 awards (both 2018). Most recently, she was The Traverse's 'Scotland-in-Japan' residency playwright. She has also undertaken playwriting projects in Finland, Italy and Iceland.
Other plays include The Buke of the Howlat (Findhorn Bay Arts), Smite (Jermyn Street Theatre), Netting (A Play, a Pie and a Pint and Scotland-wide tour with Woodend Barn), She of the Sea (Paines Plough 'Come to Where I'm From' at The Lemon Tree), B-Road (Play Pieces), Never Land (Eden Court) and two short play for the National Theatre of Scotland's Great Yes, No, Don't Know Show. Her upcoming productions include Americana: A Murder Ballad (Pepperdine, California and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The Silver Superheroes (A Play, a Pie and a Pint), The Squawk Talk Secrets (Visible Fictions) and she is currently under commission to The Lyceum and Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Her projects as a theatre-make include Folk (with Dougie Irvine, Alan McHugh and Annie Grace), Nordic Nights (with director Beth Morton) and MEmorial (with director Sarah Rose Graber and Edinburgh University).
Morna has performed her work at the Scottish Parliament, The European Author's Festival (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland), National Poetry Month (France) and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. She is also a proud Scots Language Ambassador and primarily writes in NE Scots / Doric.
A multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer/songwriter, Morna has performed with Kevin McKidd's band The Speyside Sessions, plus The Fishwives (TV appearances include The One Show and BBC Breakfast) and she has composed for several theatre shows, including Sunset Song for Beacon Arts Centre. She is one half of the band Folkify who were previously in residence at The Tron. As an actress, she has worked with The National Theatre of Scotland, Oran Mor, Traverse, Royal Lyceum, Dundee Rep and Eden Court. As a trained journalist (NCTJ qualified), Morna also writes regular feature articles and blog posts for a range of online and print publications. Most recently, she wrote the lead feature for national magazine Psychologies and she is currently under commission to a New Zealand publication.