Actress Kirsty leading light in critics’ awards
Thrilled by nomination
A Cambuslang actress who only made her onstage debut last year is up for an award.
Kirsty Punton appeared in The Lonesome West at the Tron Theatre last year.
And the production has been nominated for Best Ensemble Cast at the Critic’s Awards For Theatre in Scotland (CATS) which will be announced on Sunday, June 11, at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh.
Kirsty, who stays in Halfway, played the leading female role of Gireen in the play. She said: “I’m delighted about it. “I got an email this morning saying about the CATS award and it’s so cool.
“Last year we were actually in rehearsals for The Lonesome West when the awards were taking place and a lot of the cast were going along to it as they were up for various things.
“I thought it’d be great to be nominated some day but I wasn’t quite expecting it to be so soon.
“It was the sort of play that was funny onstage and off, and we had a good laugh working on it.
“It’s really good that the sense of humour and the fun we were having came across to audiences too.”
The play ended up being performed in Russia later in the year, as part of a festival about the playwright Martin McDonagh, who wrote The Lonesome West.
Kirsty is now appearing in The War In America,which is being performed in Edinburgh this week.
The controversial play was considered to be too offensive to be performed back in 1997, when it was first commissioned.
The new version is being performed in Edinburgh’s former Royal High School.
Kirsty added: “It’s good to see this space coming to life and the piece is just getting bigger and bigger as we work on it.
“I’ve never done site specific work before so it’s quite exciting seeing it all happen.”
Tickets for War In America can be purchased from http://www. edtheatres.com/warinamerica or by calling 0131 529 6000.
Go west Kirsty Punton in The Lonesome West