Two Bay Theatre Players members have won trophies in this year’s Canberra Area Theatre Awards.
Above: Bay Theatre Players' Myf Thompson and Sam Lloyd.
They include the Gold Cat, awarded to Sam Lloyd for ‘outstanding achievement in the areas of set design, costume design, direction and performance for the Bay Theatre Players’.
Sam, who has won several other CAT awards during her time with the Players, also won the award for Best Costumes for a Play for last year’s production of ‘A Murder is Announced’.
And, fellow ‘Murder’ cast member, Myf Thompson won the award for Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for her role as Dora Bunner.
It was Myf’s second CAT trophy, having won for the best Magic Moment of Theatre in ‘The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery’ in 2008.
Sam’s Gold Cat is the third to be awarded to the Bay Theatre Players. Candy Burgess, who was nominated for best actress for her ‘Murder’ role as Miss Marple, won the Gold Cat in 2006 and Matthew Burgess won in 2014.
Sam, who is currently directing BTP’s first production of 2018, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, has been an active and enthusiastic member of the group since arriving in the Bay more than ten years ago.
Before emigrating to Australia, Sam worked professionally as a costume prop maker and costumier for the Royal National Ballet and Royal National Opera.
On receiving the Gold Cat Sam said she was very grateful to be ‘honoured in this way for what is the love and passion of my life, theatre’.