Morna Young

Morna Young is a multi-award winning playwright and theatre-maker Moray. She was named 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. 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 prestigious Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship (hosted by Aberdeen City Council, 2017), the New Playwrights Award (Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland, 2014) and the ‘Tomorrow at Noon’ award for female playwrights (Jermyn Street Theatre, London, 2018). Her international work includes The Traverse’s ‘Scotland-in-Japan’ residency in Kyoto / Tokyo (2019/2020), 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). She has also undertaken playwriting projects in Finland, France and Iceland and performed her work at the Scottish Parliament, The European Author’s Festival (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland), National Poetry Month (France) and Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Theatre in Development: DEMON ISLAND (Traverse Theatre), THE TWA CHRISSES (Scots Language Centre), THE HEADLAND (Mull Theatre), STELLA: BRAW TALES (Mull Theatre), THE SNOW QUEEN (Lyceum Theatre), THE SQUAWK TALK SECRETS (Visible Fictions), THE SILVER SUPERHEROES (Glasgow Lunchtime Theatre), AMERICANA: A MURDER BALLAD (Pepperdine, California for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), THE WATER CLAN (BATS Theatre/Magnetic North), FOLK (Tron Theatre), MEMORIAL (Edinburgh University).

Theatre Credits include: A FAIRY TALE: LYCEUM CHRISTMAS TALES (Lyceum Theatre, 2020), A PASSING DANCE: SHADES OF TAY (Pitlochry Festival Theatre, 2020), LOST AT SEA (Perth Theatre/Scottish Tour, 2019), THE BUKE OF THE HOWLAT (Findhorn Bay Arts, 2019), SMITE (Jermyn Street Theatre, 2018), AYE, ELVIS (Glasgow Lunchtime Theatre/Gilded Balloon, 2018 and 2019), SHE OF THE SEA: COME TO WHERE I’M FROM (Paines Plough in Aberdeen, 2017), NETTING (2016 Scottish Tour, 2015 Glasgow Lunchtime Theatre), NEVER LAND (2014 Eden Court), B-ROADS (2013 Play Pieces), FIVE MINUTE THEATRE (2014 NTS/Eden Court)

Previous R&D: THE STOOR (rehearsed reading, Tron Theatre), PROJECTIONS (National Theatre of Scotland / ARC Stockton), REMEMBER THE FUTURE (rehearsed reading, Perth Theatre), HEROINES (Stellar Quines), THE EDGE (Magnetic North), TIME AND TIDE (work in progress performance, Out of the Darkness Theatre Company and Listhus), HELLISH NELL (work in progress performance, Lyth Arts Centre).

Television in Development: SALT QUINES (with Catriona Lexy Campbell)

Film in development: UNTITLED (Northport Films)

Residencies: ‘Scotland in Japan’ residency playwright (Traverse), playwright-in-residence (BATS Theatre / Magnetic North), Muriel Spark 100 residency in Rome (Creative Scotland), ‘Go See Share’ residency in Finland (Creative Scotland), The Museum of Loss and Renewal (Italy), Listhus (Iceland), CAMAC (France), Rough Mix (Magnetic North at Summerhall), ‘Wild Journey’ (Imaginate), project residency (Lyth Arts Centre), Cove Park as part of the New Playwrights Award and as part of the Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship.

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