JANUARY - FEBRAURY
Morna is delighted to have received the 2017 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship (hosted by Creative Learning, Aberdeen City Council). She will use this year long writing attachment to explore the theme 'The Folk, Language and Landscape of the Northeast'.
Morna and Sarah Rose Graber also attended a week long residency at ARC, Stockton to begin develoment on their new play PROJECTIONS.
Folkify played in the bells at The Drum and Monkey - happy new year everyone!
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER
Morna is performing in 'Dr Johnson Goes to Scotland' at Oran Mor and The Traverse. She is looking forward to working with director Marilyn Imrie again plus the suprb cast including Lewis Howden, Gerda Stevenson and Simon Donaldson.
Folkify's year long residency at The Tron ended with a bang including a fantastic guest performance from Del Amitri's Bryan Tolland and Noel Bridgeman.
'Celtic: the musical' opened to sold out houses at Glasgow before touring to Dublin and Derry. More information here
Morna is very excited/ terrified / honoured to be performing in Nassim Soleimanpour's plays "White Rabbit Red Rabbit" on 9th August at Assembley Studios and "BLANK" on 20th August at Summerhall (both produced by Aurora Nova).
Folkify fun continues with gigs at the Bon Accord Pub, Glasgow on 6th August and Banchory Beer Festival on 13th August before the Autumn season kicks off at the Tron.
Morna will also begin rehearsals for Celtic: The Musical which will open in Glasgow before travelling to Dublin and Derry.
JUNE - JULY
Following a month long residency in Iceland earlier this year, Morna and Kate Carr will be working on the development of their project "Time & Tide" alongside Elgin based Out of the Darkness Theatre Company. A work-in-progress presentation will take place on 1 July.
Morna will also begin development on a new play for stage about the life of Helen Duncan with director Allie Butler and illusionist Scott Smith. This initial R&D period has been kindly supported by the wonderful Lyth Arts Centre.
Morna also returned to Dumfries and Galloway for the 4th year to work with Japanese students to develop and perform a play in English.
Morna is delighted to be working with Impact Arts to deliver their community project "Dennistoun: Through the Looking Glass".
She is also working in Lewis with Gaelic writer Catriona Lexy Campbell on a new TV series.
APRIL - MAY
Morna is currently in residence at Listhus Gallery in Iceland working on a new stage play with acclaimed Sound Artist, Kate Carr. This development has kindly been supported by both Creative Scotland and the Australian Arts Council.
FEBRUARY / MARCH / APRIL
Our Spring 2016 tour of NETTING is underway! For full details about venues and dates, please see: www.nettingtheplay.com
FOLKIFY, a new monthly music event, kicks off at The Tron on 27th January. Hosted by Morna and Sandy Nelson, the duo - plus special guest and friends - will present a 'folked up' spin on popular songs. More information can be found on The Tron website.
Morna is delighted to announce that NETTING has received Creative Scotland Open Project funding to tour Scotland in Spring 2017. More information can be found on Facebook or @NettingthePlay on Twitter.
A screening of the author documentaries made as part of the European Authors' Festival will take place on 5th November at Summerhall. The first London premire of "Lost at Sea" will take place on 12th November as part of The Finborough's Vibrant Fesival 2015 (direced by the wonderful Liz Carruthers).
AUGUST - OCTOBER
Morna is currently working on two new play - "Remember the Future" and "In Plain Sight". She continues work with Out of the Dakness Theatre Company and will be directing "My Aberdeen" scratch night for The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen on 8th October. Come support new writng in the north!
Morna was delighted to return to Dumfres to work with Japanese students at Kilquhanity School for the third year running.
MAY / JUNE
Morna will return north to work with Out of the Darkness Theatre Company on their new project 'My Rural, My Space' where she will work with communities in Moray to gather local stories. She will also continue work on her Artist Bursary Award exploring multi-disciplinary artistry.
Group R&D begins for Morna's Artist Bursary Award (supported by Creative Scotland) to explore multi-disciplinary artistry. Morna is delivering the workshop "In Your Own Words" with Catriona Lexy Campbell as part of TalkFest at the Tron on 25th April (Playwright's Studio, Scotland). She has also written a guest "year in the life of...' blog for the PSS which can be read here.
Morna is on a residency at CAMAC Arts Centre (France) kindly supported by the the Tenot Foundation and Tom McGrath Trust. She is working on a new play about future memory.
Rehearsals begin for Morna's new play "Netting" which features in the new Play, Pie and a Pint season. Netting will show at Oran Mor, Glasgow 16-21 February and at The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen 24-28 February. The fantastic Allie Butler (Tidy Carnage) is directing and the cast features Carol Ann Crawford, Joyce Falconer and Sarah McCardie. For more information, click here.
Morna was delighted to begin research and development for "Heroines" (a project exploring strong female characters) with AJ Taudevin, Belle Jones and Catrin Evans. This week was kindly supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and The Tron.
NOVEMBER / DECEMBER
Morna is excited to be partaking in a period of professional development in Paris kindly supported by Creative Scotland.
Morna's new play Never Land (an Eden Court production) opens at The Beacon Arts Centre on 20th October. Both Never Land and Sunset Song perform at Eden Cout on 27th October.
Sunset Song continues it's Scottish tour including Perth Concert Hall, Beacon Art's Centre, MacRobert Stirling, Kings Edinburgh and Kings Glasgow. The tour will run until mid-November.
As part of the New Playwright's Award, Morna will attend a residency at Cove Park. She also joined the cast of Sell a Door / The Beacon's production of Sunset Song as composer, musical director and performer.
Morna travels to Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland this month to read extracts of LOST AT SEA at the European Authors' Festival.
Morna joined Imaginate on their Wild Journey residency to Mull for a weekend adventure with ten other artists.
Morna wrote and presented two five minute theatre pieces called "Where did we come from?" (produced by Eden Court) as part of the NTS's Great Yes, No, Don't Know debate.
Morna travelled to Southend this month to record the Fishwives debut album "Ocean Bound".
Morna is delighted to be taking part in Rough Mix at Summerhall.
Morna will be reading an extract of "Lost at Sea" at the CPG on Culture at the Scottish Parliament on 18th March. She will also be taking part in the panel discussion: “Intrinsic right or expendable luxury: the challenges and opportunities in securing cultural funding”.
Morna was very flattered to be named as one of Scotland on Sunday's Eligibles 2014. To see the full list, click here
Morna is delighted to win a New Playwrights Award through the Playwrights' Studio Scotland. More information here.
Morna is joining the Oran Mor / APA team as Associate Director on Rona Munro's new play "Guilty". Click here for further information.
Morna joined two fantastic musicians, Iain Copeland and Rick Taylor, to work with Eden Court on a music project with HMP Inverness. Click here to read Nicky Marr's fantastic column in the Northern Scot about the project.
"B-Roads" premieres as part of Play Pieces lunchtime theatre season at the Spectrum Centre Inverness (12.30pm, 5th October) followed by two performances at The Warehouse Theatre, Lossiemouth (10th, 11th October) as part of the Moray Feel Good Festival.
The Fishwives single "When the Boat Comes in / Eternal Father" reached no.1 in the itunes world music chart. Click here to buy the single.
The Fishwives perform on BBC Breakfast, Morna was delighted (terrified!) to join Jane on the couch with Bill Turnbull. Watch the interview here.
The Fishwives single is now avaiable to pre-order from itunes. Click here to watch the music video.
Following the sold out rehearsed reading of LOST AT SEA, Morna is currently working to bring the show to full production.
Morna is currently in rehearsal's for The Warehouse Theatre's production of TAHITI.
Morna is delighted to have been selected for Play Pieces 2013. She will present a new show B ROADS written, directed and performed by herself and David Rankine.