A musical produced by two teenage girls about female Viking warriors is taking the New York theatre world by storm.
Morgan Smith, now 20, wrote and produced the play, and her childhood bestie Mhairi Cameron, 18, composed the music (a mix of Celtic rock, pop musicals, and folk). They got the idea from an article about the discovery of the bones of female warriors.
The play, Oceanborn, is about two young women, a Viking warrior and the daughter of a Celtic fisherman in line to lead her island. Both face the pressures of future leadership in a climate of violence.
With acerbic wit, the story tackles xenophobia, misogyny, and cultural isolationism.
It’s also a strong commentary on the United States in 2019.
“The parallels between the Vikings and the modern day are uncanny. Xenophobia and feelings of racial superiority, violence against the other,” Mhairi Cameron said in a Teen Vogue interview.
The show, funded through Kickstarter and now an off-Broadway musical, is run by a team of women under the age of 25.