Our Blythe is walk­ing on air after a top year

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - The­atre

La­nark­shire ac­tress Blythe Duff has en­joyed a ter­rific year in the­atre.

The Tag­gart star won crit­i­cal ac­claim for her per­for­mance in the award-win­ning the James plays at the Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val.

And she won the Best Ac­tress prize at the Crit­ics’ Awards for The­atre in Scot­land (CATS) for the sec­ond year run­ning, this time for her role in Ciara.

Duff, who is best known for play­ing DS Jackie Reid in the TV crime se­ries, Tag­gart, won for her por­trayal of the daugh­ter of a just-de­ceased city crime lord in David Har­rower’s pro­duc­tion.

The one-act mono­logue also won the award for best new play.

The awards were pre­sented at the Cit­i­zens The­atre, Glas­gow, by Bill Pater­son, who be­gan his the­atri­cal ca­reer in Glas­gow in the 1967 pro­duc­tion of The Re­sistible Rise of Ar­turo Ui along­side Leonard Ros­siter.

Duff also joined the Royal Scot­tish Na­tional Orches­tra (RSNO) for the much-loved story of Ray­mond Briggs’ The Snow­man, as part of this year’s RSNO Christ­mas Con­certs at the week­end.

The Orches­tra took its popular RSNO Christ­mas Con­certs, which have be­come firmly en­sconced as a tra­di­tional sea­sonal event in Scot­land, to the Mu­sic Hall in Aberdeen on Thurs­day (De­cem­ber 18); the Caird Hall in Dundee on Fri­day (De­cem­ber 19); the Glas­gow Royal Con­cert Hall on Satur­day (De­cem­ber 20) and fi­nally to the Usher Hall in Ed­in­burgh on Sun­day (De­cem­ber 21).

East Kil­bride-born Blythe, who now lives in Burn­side, told La­nark­shire Live: “It was a joy to work with the RSNO again.

“Our paths have crossed many times over the years. I’ve also en­joyed work­ing with the ex­tremely tal­ented con­duc­tor Christo­pher Bell in the past, so I was very much look­ing for­ward to th­ese con­certs.

“The Snow­man is such a won­der­ful tale, and to nar­rate the story along with the an­i­ma­tion and full sym­phonic back­ing was a truly mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Led by con­duc­tor Christo­pher Bell, the Orches­tra per­formed Howard Blake’s iconic sound­track syn­chro­nised with the screen­ing of the an­i­mated film, with vo­cal soloists for the fa­mous bal­lad Walk­ing in the Air drawn from the RSNO’s own Ju­nior Cho­rus.

The con­certs also fea­ture well­known fes­tive mu­si­cal favourites, au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion and the voices of the RSNO Cho­rus or Ju­nior Cho­rus.

Top tal­ent La­nark­shire ac­tress Blythe Duff

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