Saturday 17 August 2019

Charleville playwright Katie takes a bite out of the 'Big Apple'

Katie Holly
Katie Holly

Bill Browne

The critically acclaimed Charleville playwright Katie Holly has added yet another accolade to her already-impressive CV after scooping a prestigious award in the 'Big Apple'.

This after the play 'Sharon' won silver for won silver for RTÉ radio drama at the New York Radio Awards in the 'Best Digital Drama' category. 

The play, a bitter-sweet tale of a girl who moves back to her home town after a decade of 'living it up and having the craic', premièred at the 2017 Cork Midsummer Festival and proved hugely popular with audiences in North and West Cork during the 2018 Fit-Up Theatre Festivals. 

The win has underlined Katie's burgeoning reputation as one of Ireland's most talented and exciting young playwright's, a reputation that has garnered her huge acclaim within the world of theatre and the arts. 

A UCC drama, theatre studies and music graduate, Katie also holds a masters in Irish literature. Her first play, 'Marian', received its première at the 2016 Cork Midsummer Festival.  

This year Cork County Council, through its Library and Arts Service, commissioned a new play from Katie entitled 'Crossword', which toured library branches across Cork during May for the Bealtaine Festival. Katie, who had previously received an artists' bursary from the council to support the writing and stage production of 'Sharon', acknowledged the local authority for its support. 

"This win is as much Cork County Council's as it is mine. The council played a large part in the original production, which then led to the radio recording," she said.

Congratulating Katie on her win, Cork County Mayor Cllr Christopher O'Sullivan said it was wonderful to see her talent receive international recognition.

"It is well-deserved and I can say, on behalf of the council, that we are very proud to be associated with Katie Holly and her award-winning work," he said. 

Katie is currently working on a sequel to her production 'The Flowing Tide', entitled 'The Rising Tide', which is funded by the Council's Creative Communities Scheme. It is expected première in December.

In the meantime, people can catch her most recent production 'Crowman', an intimate one-man show starring Jon Kenny at the West Cork Fit-Up Theatre Festival this month.