Firebrand scoop national theatre title

FREE PIC- CATS Awards 2013 (Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland), Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 09/06/2013:'Film-maker John Byrne (centre), who made the awards at the CATS (Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland) with award winners after the awards ceremony at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre, Sunday 9th June 2013, with best actress award winner Blythe Duff. Blythe wone her award for her performance in "Iron".'More information from:  Lesley Booth, New Century PR - 0779 941 4474.'Photography from:  Colin Hattersley Photography - colinhattersley@btinternet.com - www.colinhattersley.com - 07974 957 388
FREE PIC- CATS Awards 2013 (Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland), Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 09/06/2013:'Film-maker John Byrne (centre), who made the awards at the CATS (Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland) with award winners after the awards ceremony at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre, Sunday 9th June 2013, with best actress award winner Blythe Duff. Blythe wone her award for her performance in "Iron".'More information from: Lesley Booth, New Century PR - 0779 941 4474.'Photography from: Colin Hattersley Photography - colinhattersley@btinternet.com - www.colinhattersley.com - 07974 957 388
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Borders-based Firebrand Theatre Company has won a top Scottish theatre award for their critically acclaimed touring production of Iron.

Former Taggart actress Blythe Duff, who took the lead role of Fay Black in Rona Munro’s prison drama, won in the Best Female Performance category at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) which was held at a packed Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh on Sunday night.

The judging panel announced that Duff had won the award for “a thrillingly ambiguous and unsentimental performance in which she never let us be certain whether she was an innocent victim or a calculating psychopath”.

The show debuted at Heart of Hawick in November and Firebrand artistic directors Ellie Zeegen and Janet Coulson are delighted with the recognition for the play funded by Creative Scotland.

Ellie said: “It’s a massive encouragement for us and helps further inspire our determination to make theatre of the highest quality here in the Borders and to export it throughout the country.

“We’d like to thank Iron’s director Richard Baron, his cast and the rest of his creative and stage management team and above all to congratulate Blythe on her well-deserved award.”

This October sees Firebrand presenting their second A Play, a Pie and a Pint event, in association with Glasgow’s Oran Mor, exclusively at Heart of Hawick, before they embark on future plans for another touring production in spring next year.