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Morna is a playwright, actress and musician from a wee fishing village in the North East of Scotland. She is recipient of the 2017 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship (hosted by Creative Learning, Aberdeen City Council), the 2018 'Tomorrow at Noon' award for female playwrights (Jermyn Street Theatre, 2018) and the New Playwrights Award 2014 (Playwrights' Studio, Scotland). She is also the 2018 recipient of the Scotland-New Zealand playwriting exchange (BATS Theatre, Toi Poneke Arts Centre and Playmarket NZ).

LOST AT SEA, her first full-length play, was developed in 2013 with award winning Stellar Quines Theatre Company and is now in pre-production with Perth Theatre for 2019. Other plays include: AYE, ELVIS ('a Play, a Pie and a Pint' and Gilded Balloon as part of Edinburgh Fringe 2018), 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, Banchory), SHE OF THE SEA (Paines Plough 'Come to Where I'm From' at The Lemon Tree), B-ROADS (Play Pieces), NEVER LAND (Eden Court) and two short theatre plays for the National Theatre of Scotland's GREAT YES, NO, DON'T KNOW SHOW.  Current commissions include THE WATER CLAN (BATS Theatre, New Zealand) and she is developing further work for theatre with Magnetic North, Stellar Quines and The Tron. She has also performed extracts of her work at the Scottish Parliament, The European Author's Festival (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland) and as part of National Poetry Month, France. Morna primarily writes in Doric and is a proud Scots Language Ambassador (Education Scotland).

As an actor, Morna has worked for companies including the National Theatre of Scotland, Royal Lyceum, The Beacon, a Play, a Pie and a Pint (Oran Mor/Traverse), Alterean Media, ITV and BBC Worldwide. Morna is also an Associate Artist of Out of the Darkness Theatre Company and tidy carnage.

A multi-instrumentalist, she plays fiddle, flute, percussion and clarsach. Album recordings include Kevin McKidd's SPEYSIDE SESSIONS (No.1 in the itunes world music charts) and THE FISHWIVES (TV appearances include The One Show and BBC Breakfast). She has composed scores for several theatre productions including SUNSET SONG (The Beacon). She is one half of the band FOLKIFY (alongside Sandy Nelson) who were in residence at The Tron in 2016.

She was equally flattered / mortified to be voted the 11th most eligible woman in Scotland 2014 by the Scotsman on Sunday (but, as her Auntie quite rightly pointed out, "nae quite top ten...').

Morna is currently based between Glasgow and Moray.

Aotearoa (The Long, White Cloud)

I’m on the other side of the world, at the almost northernmost point of the north island. This is Cape Reinga, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean in a spectacular swirl of currents. It is a sacred site, steeped in spirituality; for Māori, this is the place where the wairua (spirit) of their recently passed loved ones depart to the afterlife, their homeland Hawaiki.

 

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J. Sharp Taking A Walk
07 September 2014
Very much enjoyed your show at the Brunton Theatre last night and the silent walk to start was an excellent addition, creating the perfect atmosphere....