Our Blythe is walking on air after a top year
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