The title of this play from Ellie Stewart intrigues me, and so the first thing I ask her is where it came from:
"It comes from the local gossip based on the folklore of the island. Women were banished there because they were 'too much mischief' to have around the Monastery on Iona."
The island Ellie is referring to is Eilean nam Ban (Island of Women), and I discover that St. Columba claimed, "where there is a cow there is a woman, and where there is a woman there is mischief". The wives and daughters of the abbey builders were exiled to live on the island with the cows.
The play envisages the lives of two women, Ronnat and Brigid, who live alone on a tiny island, trading only with the monastery across the water. Their lives are changed for ever when a young man is washed ashore.
The writing is filled with warmth and humour, and whilst the play may be set on a remote Scottish island in the 8th Century, its themes resonate strongly with today's audience.
So what next for Ellie?
"I've got a scary piece to write for Village Pub Theatre for Hallowe'en, which will be fun.
And I'm excited about a piece I'm writing called 'Le Retour'. It's about love and identity."
She goes on to tell me the story that inspired her latest idea, but I won't spoil it for you. I'll let you see it for yourself when it hits the stage, and I'm confident after today's performance that you won't have too long to wait...
Emma Mooney is a writer of Scottish contemporary fiction and is the author of A Beautiful Game. and Wings to Fly.