“The untold war oh 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” was inspired by the loss of her father to the sea when she was a child. Following a period of grassroots interviews, she has written an epic play spanning forty years of the fishing industry.
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.
REVIEWS / COMMENTS
"...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)
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
Carol Ann Crawford and Cameron Mowat.
Lesley Hart, Tam Dean Burn and Melissa Paterson.