Ac­tress Kirsty lead­ing light in crit­ics’ awards

Thrilled by nom­i­na­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

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

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