Derry’s Judith Roddy nominated for Irish Times award

Judith Roddy.

Judith Roddy.

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A Derry actress has been shortlisted for the Best Actress gong in the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards.

Judith Roddy was nominated for her role as Marian in Pentecost. The play, by Stewart Parker was directed by Jimmy Fay for the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

The Derry woman is up against Marie Mullen as Mommo in Bailegangaire, Sinéad Cusack as Margaret in Our Few and Evil Days, and Aoife Duffin for A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing.

The former St. Cecilia’s College pupil has made her name in the theatre in the past 12 months and recently starred in BBC acclaimed drama The Fall.

In November Judith performed with Field day in Sam Shepard’s “A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations)” in New York starring alongside acclaimed stage and screen actor Stephen Rea, who founded Field Day with Brian Friel and Brid Brennan, Lloyd Hutchinson and composer and cellist Neil Martin.

Judging the Irish Times awards are Gerry Smyth, poet and former managing editor of The Irish Times; novelist Liz Nugent; and actor Fergus Cronin.

Between them they saw 138 productions in conventional theatres, site-specific locations, promenade performances and even floating venues throughout the country.

This year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards ceremony take place on February 22nd, at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

The event will also feature on The Works, on RTÉ One, on February 27th. Tickets for the awards night (€20) will go on sale on January 26th, at nch.ie.