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Fishing families invited to lend voices to play

By Staff Reporter

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BURGHEAD-born playwright Morna Young is inviting people from Moray to lend their voices to a commemoration of north east fishermen who have been lost at sea.

Inspired by the loss of her fisherman father, Morna’s play Lost at Sea is a personal tribute to the fishing communities of Scotland.

The epic drama, premiering on April 25 before a Scotland-wide tour, has been in development since a 2013 when there was a rehearsed reading in Lossiemouth.

Morna interviewed several fishermen from around the Moray coast before writing the play.

Now, she would like to open the play back out to the community by creating a ‘live memorial’ of men and boats who have been lost from the area.

She hopes to do this by including the recorded voices of local people reading a roll call of those lost from the 1970s to the present day – the period covered by the story.

Morna Young
Morna Young

Morna said: "I have been thinking about ways of involving the local community in the next stage of my journey with Lost at Sea.

"I wrote the play in tribute to my dad, Donnie Young, and to honour the many men we have lost.

"I would like to open up this tribute by inviting people to contribute their voices to the final scene of the play which will act as a living memorial."

Morna will be making the recordings at the Burghead Church of Scotland Hall on Tuesday, April 16 from 5.30-8pm and in Hopeman Primary School on Wednesday, April 17 from 3.15-4.45pm.

Anyone interested in recording a name for the memorial list is invited to drop in at one of the locations. Recordings will take no more than five minutes.

Morna said: "I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received so far. I hope this living memorial will be a tribute to many of the men and boats that have been lost.

"I would be honoured for anyone local to contribute."

Lost at Sea premieres in Perth Theatre from April 25-May 4 before touring to Dundee Rep Theatre, His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen, Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock, Eden Court in Inverness, The Kings Theatre in Edinburgh and Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries.

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