New Zealand Residency Playwright
Magnetic North, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland and Playmarket New Zealand are delighted to announce that playwright, theatre-maker, actress and musician Morna Young has been selected for the playwriting residency in New Zealand.
Morna will be hosted as a Playwright-in-Residence by BATS Theatre and Toi Pōneke Arts Centre in Wellington, New Zealand. The companies will commission a full-length play from Morna and accommodate her for 12 weeks to write in their organisations. During the residency, Morna will also have the opportunity to be part of Magnetic North's first Rough Mix lab in New Zealand as well as one week at Strathean Retreat in Te Horo with Playmarket New Zealand.
Inspired by the traditions of Scottish and Māori cultures, Morna's play will be an exploration of our human connection to the elements, of landscape memory and emigrated culture. Following on from successful Scotland-wide tours of her plays Never Land and Netting, this opportunity will allow Morna to focus on the development of her writing, as well as collaborate with international arts organisations and individuals.
Funded jointly by Creative Scotland and Creative New Zealand, the residency is the reciprocal stage of a longer-term playwright exchange between Scotland and New Zealand. It builds on a hugely successful pilot in 2016, where New Zealand playwright Arthur Meek was Writer-in-Residence with Magnetic North. The resulting play, Erewhon, was subsequently produced by Magnetic North and Christchurch Festival in 2017.
I am delighted - beyond belief - to be selected for this rare and wonderful opportunity. Visiting New Zealand has been a lifelong dream and I am truly honoured to fulfil this through my playwriting. I cannot imagine a more exciting engagement to be a part of at this stage of my career."