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NEWS: World premiere of fishing drama Lost at Sea will tour Scotland

Perth Theatre’s world premiere production of Morna Young’s epic fishing drama Lost at Sea will tour to venues across Scotland this May.

Inspired by the loss of her fisherman father, Morna Young’s personal tribute to the fishing communities of Scotland premieres in Perth Theatre from Thursday 25 April until Saturday 4 May before touring to Dundee Rep Theatre (Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 May), His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen (Thursday 9 until Saturday 11 May), Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock (Tuesday 14 May), Eden Court, Inverness (Thursday 16 until Saturday 18 May), Kings Theatre, Edinburgh (Monday 20 until Wednesday 22 May) and Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries (Friday 24 May).

A storm is brewing in a small fishing village. A young woman returns home, searching for answers about her father’s death. But as she begins to weave together the strands of her past, a mysterious force unravels family secrets. Lost at Sea journeys through a labyrinth of myth and memory in an epic tale spanning forty years of the fishing industry.

Featuring the voices of fishermen and their families in their own words – with music, songs and Scots language – Lost at Sea is the lyrical and powerfully evocative story of a North-East fishing family.

With much of Scotland being a stone’s throw from a fishing community, Lost at Sea shines a new and unique light on what is still the UK’s most dangerous profession, and at a time when fishing rights are, once again, top of the political agenda. It explores universal themes of loss, family, community and the challenges facing traditional industries.

Morna Young said: “Lost at Sea is a play that has existed in my mind for my whole life. My fisherman father was lost when I was a child; his body never recovered. This story is echoed throughout fishing villages around the coast, the impact of loss scarring communities for decades. I wanted to pay tribute to these men and their families. I wanted to write these voices that I’d never seen on stage.

The play spans forty years of the fishing industry, the story told chorally by one family and the surrounding community. Fishing is still the most dangerous job in the world during peacetime – there is fifty times more risk of being killed than in any other profession. It’s a subject that has never been fully explored in a theatrical setting and I wanted to provide a platform for these unheard communities.”

The production marks a Scottish comeback for director Ian Brown, who returns to direct Lost at Sea, his first show in Scotland since his eight-year tenure as artistic director at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.

He said: “Morna’s play has a fierce authenticity. It deals with the sea’s power, its unpredictability and the lifelong draw it has on those who depend on it for their livelihoods.  It’s also a deeply personal play, with characters trying, as best they can, to make sense of their lives as well as coming to terms with the deaths of the fishermen that surround them. I feel very privileged to return to Perth Theatre, where I directed my first professional production, as well as to work again in Scotland where I spent twelve years at Tag Theatre Company and then at the Traverse. Returning to direct an ambitious new play by Morna with a wonderful company of Scottish actors is very exciting.”

Morna Young continued: “Lost at Sea was my debut play and it has taken seven years from initial idea through to production. It has been a long, emotional journey but I am delighted to be working with Perth Theatre to bring this story to life. Moreover, I am elated that Ian Brown is returning to Scotland to direct this production. It is a true honour to work with him.”

For tickets and info for Lost at Sea in Perth Theatre from Thursday 25 April until Saturday 4 May visit www.horsecross.co.uk or call Horsecross Arts Box Office on 01738 621031. For other dates, contact the tour venues.

REVIEW: The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns – Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock

Gillian Duffy’s comedy The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns is a total wee charmer of a show, more than helped along by two first rate actors in the central roles.

Heartbroken author Ariel Winters (Morna Young) takes herself to her aunt’s old cottage in Ayrshire to get over her cheating ex. As she celebrates Burns night alone, wishing that the right man would show up, she gets a visitation slightly different than she’d hoped for. The ghost of Rabbie Burns (James MacKenzie) appears to give her some dating advice – and boy does he know what he’s talking about, but Ariel has a few things to teach Rabbie – Tinder and modern day dating parlance to name just two.

A modern rom com, The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns also manages to weave in a raft of fascinating facts about the Ploughman Poet, the narrative perfectly enhanced by the inclusion of the brightest and best songs and poems of Burns. Both Young and Mackenzie do a fine job of showcasing the bard’s work: My Love is Like a Red Red Rose; Ae Fond Kiss; Charlie is my Darlin’ ; John Anderson, My Jo and of course, Auld Lang Syne (with some audience participation) are just beautiful.

For all the comedy, there’s poignancy and behind the laughs there’s a message of hope and optimism. There’s also the dawning realisation that the dynamics of dating and relationships have barely changed in 200+ years.

Scottish TV favourite James MacKenzie is ideally cast as the “rose-tinted idealist” Burns – physically epitomising our collective image of our national poet. With a cheeky glint in his eye and a deft comedic touch, he charms the audience from the moment he steps on stage. Morna Young is a perfectly pitched Ariel, thoroughly relatable she is also in possession of a gorgeous singing voice.

Small in scale but absolutely perfectly formed. An unexpected gem that really warms the heart.


29 JAN – Oran Mor, Glasgow

30 JAN – Barrfields Theatre, Largs,

31 JAN – Harbour Arts, Irvine

1 FEB – Cumbernauld Theatre,

2 FEB – Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock