We are delighted that Morna Young is returning to LAC following the performance of her
play Netting here in April. Now she is to spend a week with us working on her next
production which explores the strange but true story of Helen Duncan, the last person
to be imprisoned in 1933 under the now obsolete British Witchcraft Act of 1735.
In a tale shrouded in mystery, Helen’s story includes accusations that she operated as
a German spy and strange tales of prophecies and charges of fraudulent behaviour. Morna
and her fellow director Allie Butler are to embark on the first stage of a research and
development journey working alongside acclaimed illusionist Scott Smith to weave a
magical element throughout the story as part of the key creative concept.
Morna Young is a playwright, actress and musician from a wee fishing village in the north
east of Scotland. She trained in journalism (BA, University of Sheffield) and in acting
(MA, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama). She has had considerable success
with her plays Lost At Sea and Netting both of which have toured Scotland.
Allie Butler is a theatre artist who returned to Scotland in 2012 after living in London
for many years, training through assisting, mentoring and creating her own work. She
founded Tidy Carnage theatre company which she continues to lead and develop. Allie
is a unique creative voice, passionate about creating new devised work.
Scott Smith also known as (Scott Silven) is an illusionist, theatre practitioner and creative consultant trained in
Contemporary Performance and widely considered to be one of the UK’s top illusionists.
His work is wide-ranging, taking him from presentations for luxury brands and national
theatres to collaborations with avant-garde companies on original productions.