Patrick O’Kane wins The Stage Best Actor award

Patrick O’Kane wins The Stage Best Actor award

Patrick O’Kane has won The Stage Best Actor award for his role in Quietly by Owen McCafferty at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence were announced on Sunday, 25 August at a ceremony in Edinburgh. Patrick O’Kane was one of five actors nominated for this prestigious award.

Quietly also won a much sought after Scotsman Fringe First Award for best new writing at this year’s festival.

Gerald Berkowitz, a principal reviewer and adjudicator for The Stage said: “In a play that effectively reflects larger issues through very personal encounters, Patrick O’Kane gives a performance that is both technically adept and emotionally true. His award proves that the fringe, with all its diversity of styles, can still produce the finest kind of realistic acting.”

Quietly, about the aftermath of the troubles in Northern Ireland, premiered at the Peacock Theatre in November 2012 and was Owen McCafferty’s first play to be produced by the national theatre. The Abbey Theatre was invited to present Quietly as a new play at the Traverse Theatre in this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the three week run of the play at the Traverse was an outstanding success. Quietly received excellent reviews from critics and the show had a sell out run in Edinburgh. Now the Abbey Theatre plans an Irish tour of Quietly in spring 2014.

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