New work from Burghead playwright to go on tour

Sarah McCardie, Joyce Falconer and Carol Ann Crawford performing Morna's play 'Netting' in Glasgow
Sarah McCardie, Joyce Falconer and Carol Ann Crawford performing Morna’s play ‘Netting’ in Glasgow

A MORAY PLAYWRIGHT is set to take her latest work on the road after receiving a £53,000 grant from Creative Scotland.

The Burghead writer Morna Young has received the funding from the national arts group’s ‘open project’ fund to ensure that her Doric play ‘Netting’ can go on tour in the spring.

Netting is the latest work by Morna that looks at the dangers faced by fishing families in the north east – a subject very close to the self-confessed fishing quine.  The play was given its first showing in Glasgow earlier this year – now, as a result of the funding, it will be seen on a tour of Moray, Aberdeenshire and the Highlands from March.

Morna said: “As a born and bred fishing quine I grew up surrounded by amazing women – many of whom have experienced their own tragedies. Netting is a story of fishing widows trying to live their lives after a tragic event.

“It is about real women who are strong but flawed – the play explores how grief changes their relationships.”

The play echoes the first work created by Morna, ‘Lost at Sea’, which was based on the loss of her own father at sea when she was a child. Netting is a co-production between Morna, Allie Butler and Woodend Barn in Banchory.

Morna said: “We open our Scotland wide tour at Woodend Barn on March 11 and the full schedule will be announced soon including dates in Moray, Highlands and Aberdeenshire.”

Another date has been set for the play at the Eden Court in Inverness on Saturday, March 19.