Charleville based playwright, Katie Holly’s star has been rising steadily in recent years, garnering her acclaim and accolades in the world of theatre and the Arts. Now her radio play ‘Sharon’ has won Silver for RTÉ Radio Drama in the New York Radio Awards for Best Digital Drama.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Christopher O Sullivan congratulating the North Cork author said
“It’s great to see this young North Cork playwright receive international recognition of her talent at the New York Radio Awards. 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 - supporting her in the early stages of her career with the various Art funding schemes available from Cork County Council.”
Katie acknowledged the value of the Council’s on-going support, saying
‘This win is as much the 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.”
A UCC graduate of Drama, Theatre Studies and Music, Katie began establishing in earnest, her reputation as one of Ireland’s most interesting new playwrights with her first play Marion premiering at Cork Midsummer Festival 2016.
Katie received a Cork County Council Artist’s bursary to support the writing and stage production of her second theatre piece Sharon which premiered at Cork Midsummer festival in 2017 and proved hugely popular with audiences in West and North Cork during the Fit-up Theatre Festivals the following year.
This year Cork County Council though its Library & Arts Service, commissioned a new play from Katie Holly titled Crossword, which toured library branches across County Cork during May for the Bealtaine Festival.
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 and is expected to be in production in December of this year.
You can catch Katie Holly’s recent production, an intimate one-man show, Crowman, starring Jon Kenny of the D’Unbelievables at the West Cork Fit-Up Theatre Festival, a joint initiative, between Blood in the Alley Theatre Productions, Cork County Council and the Arts Council, aiming to provide rural communities the opportunity to sample some of the wealth and talent professional theatre has to offer.
Crowman is in great company with a fantastic line-up of theatrical events to choose from this summer with the Fit-Up theatre festival running during July and August.