MORNA Young and David Rankine have been multi-tasking.
Not only have they written B-Roads, their contribution to Inverness’s own lunchtime theatre strand Play Pieces, they are also directing and starring, as well as doing all the other work needed to play a new play to the stage.
Yet far from wishing she could delegate to someone else, Young is thriving on the challenge.
"Theatre is usually very collaborative, so to have been involved right through, from the writing to shopping for props, has been a really exciting way of working," Young said.
An actress, writer, journalist, singer and musician, including playing alongside Elgin’s own movie star Kevin McKidd in his collaborative band The Speyside Sessions, Young already has plenty experience of multi-tasking.
Last year she performed in Play Pieces Shorts at IG:LU on Church Street, Inverness, but this year she and Rankine, her regular collaborator in the Elgin-based Out of Darkness Theatre Company, decided to create an original piece of work for the 2013 Play Pieces season.
"For many years we have devised and performed work together, and we’ve spoken about writing something before. This seemed the perfect opportunity," Young explained.
"We started to look at how people can form their own world in the aftermath of tragedy. We had some workshops around the idea and we eventually came up with B-Roads."
The play centres on a couple whose lives have been changed as a result of a road accident and their attempts to cope with its legacy, but though it deals with serious issues, Young is not setting out to have tomorrow’s Play Pieces audience greeting into their lunch, even if she does want to provide food for thought along with the physical sustenance.
"I don’t want to say too much about it, but we want people to be open-minded about the issues," she said.
"With any kind of theatre you always have to remember that you are there to entertain people. We do have some dark humour in there as well, so hopefully there will be a few laughs.
"Director Lindsay Brown and the rest of the Play Pieces team are really focused on new writing and particularly in showcasing local talent.
"What she is doing is fantastic. The programme so far has all been about people from Inverness and Elgin and around that area. It’s been a unique opportunity to show the work that is represented in that area. There is so much talent coming up and it is fantastic to be a part of it. It’s great that something like this exists outside the Central Belt and it is an opportunity for northern writers and actors to collaborate and showcase work, especially new writing. I think that is really exciting."
It already appears that tomorrow’s Play Pieces performance is just the start of "B-Roads’" own journey.
"One of the things we first spoke about is that Lindsay is very keen Play Pieces should be a platform for new writing and she is very keen that the plays go on to have further life afterwards," Young said.
As well as Play Pieces in Inverness, the play will also be performed the following week in Lossiemouth as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival, but Young and Rankine hope they will also be able to tour the play next year.
"This will be an opportunity to gauge an audience reaction, so afterwards we will come back to it and look at how it went down," she said.
"With any piece of work, especially new writing it’s a case of tweaking it and seeing what works."
Even without taking future performances of B-Roads into consideration, Young will be busy with drama work in prisons, assistant directing on a Glasgow/Aberdeen collaboration for A Play, A Pie and A Pint — Play Piece’s acknowledged inspiration — writing new material and also prepping her ambitious play Lost at Sea, which spans 40 years of the fishing industry on the Moray Coast and is a joint production by Stellar Quines, Out of Darkness Theatre Company and Moray Council.
"We had the rehearsed reading back in February and at the moment we are looking at how to bring it forward," Young added.
"Pending funding, we are looking to tour it 2015, but it’s a big production with a cast of 10 and live music, so it will take a lot of work to bring it to that stage."
• B-Roads, written, directed and performed by Morna Young and David Rankine, is at the Spectrum Centre, Margaret Street, Inverness, tomorrow, Saturday 5th October, at 1pm as part of the Play Pieces season. Tickets are priced £10 and include lunch.
It will also be performed at 8pm on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th October at The Warehouse Theatre, Pitgaveny Quay, Lossiemouth as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.