Morna Young

Morna Young is an actor, musician and singer. She trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Theatre credits include: CELTIC THE MUSICAL (Scottish/Irish Tour) NETTING (North East tour) SUNSET SONG (National tour, The Beacon / Sell a Door), MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS GOT HER HEAD CHOPPED OFF (a Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh and Dundee Rep co-production), CALEDONIA (directed by Anthony Neilson for The National Theatre of Scotland), B-ROADS (Play Pieces), BEL AMI (Ruby in the Dust) and VAGABOND’S VOYAGE (little wonder). TV/Film credits include: SCIENCE SCAMS (Clarity Productions for Channel 4), PRIDE OF BRITAIN (ITV) and 2TRUE (GMTV). She has performed extracts of her play, LOST AT SEA, at the Scottish Parliament, the European Author’s Festival and National Poetry Month, France. She is also an Associate Artist of Out of the Darkness Theatre Company and tidy carnage.

Morna is also known as a playwright, theatre-maker, facilitator, columnist and director. She is a proud Scots Language Ambassador (Education Scotland).


Since singing in the Mòd and Moray Music Festival as a child, music has remained an important part of Morna’s life. A singer/songwriter, she has performed at a variety of folk events including Speyfest, The Whisky Festival and BIDS themed days.

A multi-instrumentalist, she plays fiddle, flute, clarsach, percussion and most other instruments thrown in her direction. Morna has worked extensively as an actor-musician in theatre and, more recently, has composed / MD’d for shows including SUNSET SONG (The Beacon / Sell a Door).  She has also co-composed for the Lyceum with award winning composer/sound designer Philip Pinksy, written scores for Out of the Darkness Theatre Company, contributed music to Ruby in the Dust and acted as sound designer for the rehearsed reading of her own play, LOST AT SEA (a co-production with Stellar Quines). As a theatre maker, she is developing FOLK – a part-theatre / part-gig show – with a team of multi-disciplined artists.

Album recordings include: Kevin McKidd’s SPEYSIDE SESSIONS and THE FISHWIVES (TV appearances include The One Show and BBC Breakfast). For the latter, she arranged and performed lead vocals on the track “When the Boat Comes In” –

Morna is one half of FOLKIFY alongside Sandy Nelson. The duo present ‘folked up’ takes on popular songs at this monthly night at The Tron. More info can be found at and tickets can be booked via

Morna was also one of the initial team alongside ex-Peatbog Faeries, Iain Copeland and Rick Taylor, to co-ordinate and lead a songwriting programme at HMP Inverness through Eden Court (as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival).


Featured News

Morna Young – Scots Writer o The Year 2019

Date posted: 28th Sep 2019

We’re delighted for Morna Young, who won Scots Writer o The Year at the 2019 Scots Language Awards! The hotly anticipated ceremony hosted by Alistair Heather and Frieda Morrison, celebrated…Read More

Lost At Sea – On Tour

Date posted: 16th Apr 2019

“The untold war o man versus the elements. Oh, I’ll tell it tae ye. The tale oh the fishermen fightin the ocean. Yer in for a rough ride.”  Morna Young’s…Read More

Aye, Elvis – A Play, A Pie and A Pint

Date posted: 28th Mar 2019

After a hugely successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018, Morna Young‘s Aye, Elvis returns to Oran Mor as part of their 500th Play Celebration season. Written by BAA’s Morna…Read More

The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns – On Tour

Date posted: 9th Jan 2019

The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns is a new comedy by writer Gillian Duffy, and stars BAA’s James Mackenzie and Morna Young. Heartbroken author Ariel Winters takes herself away to her aunt’s…Read More

Aye, Elvis @ Guilded Balloon

Date posted: 1st Aug 2018

Joan is an Elvis impersonator with big dreams. With the regional heat of Ultimate Elvis approaching, Joan knows there’s work to do. But Joan has The King inside – and…Read More

Celtic – The Musical, Pavilion Theatre – New Dates

Date posted: 4th May 2018

This rescheduled production of Celtic The Musical at Pavilion Theatre opens 5th September, featuring Morna Young and Harry Ward. Featuring the songs that have rung round Celtic Park over the…Read More

Tomorrow at Noon: Jermyn Street Theatre

Date posted: 20th Apr 2018

Our very own Morna Young has written one of three plays for Jermyn Street Theatre, London. The run begins 24th April. The playwrights of these three funny, moving and provocative…Read More

Celtic the Musical – Pavilion Theatre

Date posted: 13th Apr 2018

The story of the proud history of Celtic Football Club unfolds through the eyes of two families, united by their shared passion. Featuring the songs that have rung round Celtic…Read More

Aye, Elvis – Play, Pie & Pint

Date posted: 19th Feb 2018

Joan is an amateur Elvis impersonator with big dreams. And she’s got the outfit. With the regional heat of Ultimate Elvis coming soon, Joan knows there’s work to do. But…Read More

CELTIC – The Musical

Date posted: 9th Aug 2016

Harry Ward and Morna Young are currently appearing in touring production CELTIC – The Musical. Featuring the songs that have rung round Celtic Park over the years Celtic – The Musical tells…Read More


Date posted: 11th Mar 2016

Morna Young is appearing in her own play Netting from 11th March – 9th April 2016. A father and his two sons are lost at sea. Keep busy, eh? Hope…Read More

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