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Lost at Sea

“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’s first play “Lost at Sea”, written in 2012, was inspired by the loss of her father when she was a child. Featuring the voices of fishermen and their families in their own words - with music, songs and Scots language - "Lost at Sea" is the lyrical and powerfully evocative story of a North-East fishing family.





"Lost at Sea" will premiere at Perth Theatre - Horsecross on 27th April 2019 before touring to:


Mon 6 + Tue 7 May | Dundee Rep Theatre, Dundee

Thu 9 – Sat 11 May | His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

Tue 14 May | Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Thu 16 – Sat 18 May | Eden Court, Inverness

Mon 20 – Wed 22 May | Kings Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 24 May | D&G Arts Festival, Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries


Directed by Ian Brown (formerly Artistic Director of Traverse and West Yorkshire Playhouse), the all-Scottish cast of well-known faces includes Tam Dean Burn (Outlaw King, River City, Moon Dogs) at the helm as the Skipper. Joining him are Gerry Mulgrew as Billy, Kim Gerard as Eve, Ali Craig as Jock, Helen McAlpine as Kath, Andy Clark as Kevin and Jennifer Black as Meg. Thoren Ferguson from Scottish band The Jacobites joins the company as Mate/Musician and Sophia McLean plays Shona in her first major Scottish role.


The award-winning creative team include Composer Pippa Murphy and Designer Karen Tennent. Completing the creative company are Lighting Designer Katharine Williams, Jim Manganello as Movement Director and Associate Director Rosa Duncan.


For more information, visit the Lost at Sea Facebook page or follow @LostatSeaPlay on Twitter.





The first public rehearsed reading of “Lost at Sea” took place on 1 March 2013 in Lossiemouth Town Hall. It was presented as a, co-production between Morna, Stellar Quines Theatre Company, Out of the Darkness Theatre Company and the Moray Council. Award winning Muriel Romanes directed the play and Peter Arnott dramaturged the performance. The wonderful cast included: Tam Dean Burn, Lesley Hart, Ross Allan, Kern Falconer, Carol Ann Crawford, Emilie Patry, Cameron Mowat, Estrid Barton, David Rankine and Melissa Paterson.


A secondary reading took place as part of The Finborough Theatre's Vibrant Festival 2015, directed by Liz Carruthers. The cast featured Stuart Bowman, Lindy Whiteford, Sharon Young, David McKail, Isobella Hubbard, Patricia Kavanagh, Adam McNamara, Ross F Sutherland, Ben Clifford and Cara Ballingall.





"...a very powerful piece of work and very impressive for a first full length piece of work..." (George Aza-Selinger, Literary Manager, National Theatre of Scotland)


“A joy to read. It's made for the theatre – the language, music, song - and has a great epic presence - the sea - against which to set the tragedies of those lives lost trying to eke a living out of it.” (Paddy Cuneen, Playwright / Director)


"A wonderfully rich, lyrical and powerfully evocative piece..." (Lesley Hart, Playwright / Actress)


"Beautifully written" (Tina McGeever, Artistic Director, Out of the Darkness Theatre Company)






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The rehearsed reading cast (from L-R): Tam Dean Burn, Melissa Paterson, David Rankine, Lesley Hart, Ross Allan, Kern Falconer, Carol Ann Crawford, Cameron Mowat, Emilie Patry and Estrid Barton.

Photos by Martin K Smith

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Carol Ann Crawford and Cameron Mowat.

Lesley Hart, Tam Dean Burn and Melissa Paterson.

Rehearsed reading stills:

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