Morna is a playwright, actress and musician from a wee fishing village in the North East of Scotland. She trained in BA Journalism (University of Sheffield) and in MA Acting (The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama). She is the recipient of the 2017 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship (hosted by Creative Learning, Aberdeen City Council).
Morna received the New Playwrights Award 2014 (Playwrights' Studio, Scotland). 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 Eden Court. Other plays include: 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. She is currently developing further work for theatre including projects 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, she 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.