After two successive years of disruption because of Covid where some shows managed to get on stage but most were cancelled, rescheduled or curtailed, the CAT Awards decided to mark this remarkable period in a unique way: called “CATS Interrupted”.

Underlying this decision is the spirit of fairness to all. Since the beginning of 2020 our judging panel has attended fewer than fifty shows and its travel outside the Canberra region has been severely curtailed.

It would be remiss of us not to acknowledge theatrical achievement, but it would be unfair for us to pretend that it’s “business as usual”.

Therefore, the regular categories, along with nominations and winners, have been put to one side temporarily. Instead, the judging panel has recognised excellence on and off stage during a period of extreme and extended challenge.

The results of the judges’ deliberations will be published here on Sunday 19 December after about 4 pm.

Watch this space!