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Lost at Sea

Lost at Sea

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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.  Read more …

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 - it is the lyrical and powerfully evocative story of a North-East fishing family.

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

The critical consensus

A visually stunning experience.

****(*)Joy Watters, Across the Arts

Morna Young’s personal tale of trawlermen risking their lives for pay evokes the romance and brutal realism of the sea.

****(*)Mark Fisher, The Guardian, 29/04/2019

Part tragedy, part detective story, part purging and part hymn to a way of life caught in the crossfire of capital, what emerges from Young’s labour of love is both a personal meditation on loss and a show of collective strength that reclaims the landscape of an all too common shared history.

****(*)Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 01/05/2019

If Brown invests the storytelling with the drive of a thriller, much of the show’s imagery is romantic.

****(*)Allan Radcliffe, 01/05/2019

Morna Young’s moving play about a journalist researching the life and death of her fisherman father is beautifully served by this fine production.

****(*)Clare Brennan, The Observer, 05/05/2019

Lost at Sea ends with few questions answered, which is much the same for the families with the same tragedies rippling through their lives.

****(*)Erin Roche, Edinburgh Guide, 20/05/2019

Young’s play is a moving, commemorative fiction which integrates the words of real people from fishing communities. However, unlike many verbatim dramas, which can tend to feel rigid and leaden, this piece is supple and generous.

Mark Brown, Scottish Stage, 16/05/2019

Emotional, humane and beautifully staged.

****(*)Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre, 21/05/2019

Features about Lost at Sea

Morna Young on Lost at Sea: 'I spent a lot of time thinking how to capture the sea and the community around it'.

Lorna Irvine, The List, 19/04/2019

Where and when?

Perth Theatre, Perth from Thursday April 25, 2019, until Saturday May 4, 2019. More info:

On Tour, from Monday May 6, 2019, until Friday May 24, 2019.

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