Traverse's Ciara wins at CATS Awards 2014

09 June 2014 ← return to listing

Traverse's Ciara wins at CATS Awards 2014

We're all abuzz today in the Traverse after winning two CATS Awards for the brilliant Ciara yesterday.

Debuting as part of our 2013 Festival programme, the Fringe First and Herald Angel winning Ciara has won two CATS Awards, Blythe Duff for Best Female Performance and David Harrower for Best New Play.

Following her first win last year for her role as Fay Black in Firebrand Theatre Company's Iron, Blythe is the first actor to win CATS Best Female Performance two years in a row. This is true recognition of the talent of Blythe Duff, one of only two actors to receive three nominations. Blythe received her first nomination in 2011 for her role as Helen in Good With People (A Play, a Pie and a Pint).   

Commenting on the win, CATS judges said: "Blythe Duff makes the perfect Ciara. Alone onstage for the full length of the play, Duff's intense presence delivers David Harrrower's exquisite text with the full light and shade required to make Orla O'Loughlin's production so powerful. Who says lightning doesn't strike twice, as Duff, for so long a familiar face from TV, proves herself once again to be a consummate stage actress, and thoroughly deserving to be named as CATS Best Actress of the Year."

This is the second time David Harrower has won the CATS Award for Best New Play. He won the award in 2006 for Blackbird (Edinburgh International Festival).

On Best New Play, the judges said: "Ciara wasn't just a fitting theatrical celebration of the Traverse's 50th anniversary but also a showcase for Scottish writing at its best: a localised love letter to Scotland, particularly Glasgow, with rich language, a captivating plot and an equal balance of the dramatic and the comedic. David Harrower's one-act monologue is compelling, beautiful and grotesque in equal measures while introducing audiences to an unforgettable character."

Winning both these awards has a particular meaning to the Traverse as Blythe Duff had her first job at the Traverse Theatre in 1983 while David Harrower's first play, Knives In Hens was produced by the Traverse Theatre in 1995.

Linda Crooks, our Executive Producer said, "The Traverse Theatre has been a place where talent starts its journey, something true for both Blythe Duff and David Harrower. It is brilliant to see both these household names recognised for their ongoing contribution to Scottish theatre."

The winners were announced at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow on Sunday 8 June. The full list of winners can be seen on the CATS Awards website

Photo credit: Angela Catlin


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