Morna Young


Morna Young


Morna Young is an award-winning playwright from Moray. She was named Scots Writer of the Year at the inaugural Scots Language Awards in 2019. 


Lost at Sea, Morna’s debut full-length play, premiered at Perth Theatre in 2019 before touring No. 1 venues in Scotland. Subsequently, the play won two Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS), a Broadway World Award and was a finalist in the Herald’s Culture Awards. She also wrote the award-winning Runrig musical, The Stamping Ground (Raw Material Arts / Eden Court), touring Scotland in 2023. 


Other plays include Babs, The Silver Superheroes, Aye, Elvis and Netting (‘A Play a Pie and a Pint’), Americana: A Murder Ballad (Pepperdine), The Buke of the Howlat (Findhorn Bay Arts), Smite (Jermyn Street Theatre), She of the Sea (Paines Plough), B-Roads (Play Pieces) and Never Land (Eden Court). Digital work released in 2020/21 includes A Fairy Tale (Lyceum), A Passing Dance (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Stella (Mull Theatre), The Twa Chrisses (Scots Language Centre), and Demon Island: Takeo’s Tale (Traverse). Morna is currently working with theatres across Scotland including the Lyceum, Traverse and Dundee Rep, and developing new musicals with composer Finn Anderson, and Raw Material Arts. 


Morna was recipient of the Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship (2017), a New Playwrights Award (Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland, 2014) and the ‘Tomorrow at Noon’ award for female playwrights  (Jermyn Street Theatre, 2018). Her international work includes The Traverse’s ‘Scotland-in-Japan’ residency, playwright-in-residence for BATS Theatre in New Zealand for three-months and a residency in Rome as part of the Muriel Spark 100 awards (both 2018). 


Morna is also a multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer/songwriter, and half of the band Folkify along with Sandy Nelson. 

Writer Type

Bookwriter, Lyricist