Moray playwright brings her latest work to home ground

Morna at the Never Land opening night with Jane Lister and Kenneth MacLeod

A Burghead actor and writer is set for the stage in Moray this evening with her latest work which has been produced by the Eden Court Theatre.

Morna Young brings the touring production of her play ‘Never Land’ to Moray as part of a tour of rural venues throughout Scotland.

The play written by Morna was the winner of the New Playwrights Award 2014, and is being performed in Glasgow and Inverness before setting off on tour including this evening at the Lossiemouth Town Hall.

Never Land revolves around a teenager who lies in a coma after a near fatal car accident. Her broken body is hooked up to machines to keep her alive. She wakes in a cold, dark place – in the shadowy realm between life and death, a surreal land free from the usual constraints of time and space.

Colin Marr, director of Eden Court Theatre, explained: “Never Land is the outcome of an Eden Court project dedicated to developing the production of theatre in the Highlands.

“This production specifically sought out actors from the Highlands who have graduated in the past five years and has given them the opportunity to work alongside established artists such as Jimmy Yuill and Benny Young.

“In addition it has created a wonderful opportunity for Kenneth Macleod as a new designer to develop his talents as well as Highland writers such as Morna Young to expose new work to wider audiences.”

Morna added: “As the idea and lead character, Peanut, developed so did the landscape of Never Land – an abstract, nightmare version of a childhood utopia and Peanut’s place between life and death.

“By setting the play in a surreal world, it gave me the opportunity to explore Peanut’s psyche, her doubts and fears in a different way.

“In Never Land, she is able to confront parts of herself and her life without the usual constraints of time and space. I’m delighted to be working with Jimmy, Benny and the graduate actors.

“The standard at the auditions was outstanding and the actors selected – Fiona, Rebecca, Ewan and Chris – are all insanely talented. It’s a privilege for me to work with them.”

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