• Elaine Waddell and Stephanie Burgess

    Elaine Waddell and Stephanie Burgess

  • Jamie Windbank

    Jamie Windbank

  • Fraser Findlay and Nate Byrne

    Fraser Findlay and Nate Byrne

  • Alanna McLean and Garrick Smith

    Alanna McLean and Garrick Smith

  • Olivia Raymond and Carly Wilson

    Olivia Raymond and Carly Wilson

  • The Cat Awards Nomination Dinner at the Q Theatre

    The Cat Awards Nomination Dinner at the Q Theatre

  • Sophie Benassi and Jane Rowe

    Sophie Benassi and Jane Rowe

  • Dennis and Poppy Martin with John Wood

    Dennis and Poppy Martin with John Wood

  • Ian and Lynne McLean with Coralie Wood

    Ian and Lynne McLean with Coralie Wood

  • Jenna Roberts and Dave Evans

    Jenna Roberts and Dave Evans

Cat Awards Nominations Dinner

15 December 2014

The Canberra Area Theatre Awards – affectionately called the Cats - is turning 20 and there’s just as much life in it as those nine of a real moggy but with more of a seductive miaow and syncopated purring than a high pitched screeching of the backstreet divas. 

There have been ups and downs, sponsorship and financing dilemmas but the indefatigable Coralie Wood and her cohorts of supporters have kept the ball rolling to the delight of a formidable cast of amateurs from far and wide with passion and pride for the productions and the producers, the stars and the backstage, the technical and the musical that entertain us every year.

And in keeping with tradition the nominations are a formidable list of people in categories above and beyond expectations for an awards night, but that’s part of the Cat Awards, no category is left unsung or unrewarded.

To get the ball rolling for the annual night of nights at Llewellyn Hall on Saturday 21 February a dinner in the foyer of the Q Theatre was a perfect venue for Coralie Wood, who is rather fond of foyers and even fonder of a party, to lobby her supporters and seal some deals for future awards as she sashayed in santa red sparkles, schmoozing as she does before releasing the list of nominations while guests from across the theatre spectrum enjoyed a splendid dinner uplifted lock stock and very full barrel from Teatro Vivaldi to the Q foyer.

Patron John Wood came to town to play host with Ian Mc Lean -the stand-in for John Barilaro who was doing government stuff elsewhere- steering us through the formalities with plenty of time for catching up between courses at what seemed like a monster Wedding Breakfast without a bride and groom, but a 21st century Dimboola cast of characters. Now there’s one we haven’t seen for a while.