CRITICS' AWARDS FOR THEATRE IN SCOTLAND

Press coverage 2009

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2 December 2009 The List

Best of a decade: Timeline

AUGUST Anthony Neilson’s The Wonderful World Of Dissocia opens at the Edinburgh International Festival. Neilson wins Best New Play and Best Director at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, and star Christine Entwisle wins Best Female Performance.

1 December 2009 Scotland on Sunday

The main event: Zorro, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

WHEN artistic director Dominic Hill decided it was time Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre entered the Christmas market, he was faced with the dilemma of what kind of show to put on. His rival theatres have carved out their own niches – panto at the King's, musicals at the Playhouse, the more traditional storytelling of Peter Pan at the Lyceum – and there was no point in playing them at their own game.

29 November 2009 Broadway World

The Wonderful World of Dissocia Plays Chelsea Theatre Works

THIS is a hugely original play, both magical and moving, that confirmed Anthony Neilson as one of the major voices in British theatre. Produced originally for the 2004 Edinburgh International Festival, The Wonderful World of Dissocia wowed critics and audiences alike, cleaning up at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland.

4 November 2009 Lothian Life

Peter Pan

THE show is directed by Jemima Levick who brought Lyceum audiences a superb version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in 2005, and whose amazing production of Beauty and the Beast (Dundee Rep) recently won Best Design at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland.

30 Otober 2009 Action Bob Markle

Theatre openings: some good stuff going on

THIS is a hugely original play, both magical and moving, that confirmed Anthony Neilson as one of the major voices in British theatre. Produced originally for the 2004 Edinburgh International Festival, The Wonderful World of Dissocia wowed critics and audiences alike, cleaning up at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland.

7 October 2009 The Times

Bright Black at Eastwood Theatre, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire

THE last show by Vox Motus was called Slick, and slick it certainly was, enough to win the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland prize for technical excellence last year. To judge by this latest brief but equally impressive effort, that was no fluke.

13 September 2009 The Sunday Times

Vox Motus: theatre of dark arts

THIS time last year, the Glasgow-based theatre company Vox Motus was recovering from a triumphant Edinburgh Festival. Slick, the companyÕs oil-discovery puppet show Ñ which was crude in every sense of the word Ñ had enchanted critics and audiences. But the logistics of performing such a technically demanding show left them weary and battle-scarred. Literally.

2 September 2009 Weston and Somerset Mercury

Pornography in Bath

SIMON Stephens' play, Pornography, appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from September 7-12 after its London premiere at the Tricycle Theatre. The most talked about production at last year's Edinburgh Festival, this extraordinary drama won the Best New Play Award in the 2009 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland.

30 August 2009 STV

Scots actors carry off main Edinburgh festival prizes

SCOTTISH actors have won the two main acting prizes at this yearÕs Edinburgh festival fringe. Cora Bissett was named best actress in The Stage awards for Acting Excellence for her role in David Greig and Gordon McIntyreÕs Midsummer.

8 August 2009 The List

Pray silence for an exquisite performance

ALEX does not voice the cruellest words he ever spoke. We donÕt actually hear the dreadful phrase he utters to his father-in-law. But we can imagine it. Playwright Simon Stephens is too subtle a craftsman to allow his central character to blurt it out; instead he pushes us carefully and confidently to the point where we need only fill in the dots.

6 July 2009 Kiwi Collection

Celebrate the Edinburgh International Festival

EDINBURGH'S major theatres and concert halls come alive with the best classical music, theatre, opera, dance and visual art from around the globe

3 July 2009 Ayrshire Post

Final curtain for Ayr's Borderline Theatre

THE curtain has fallen on award winning Borderline Theatre.The 35-year-old touring theatre company has been operating on the breadline for more than a year. And it’s cash finally ran out this week when bosses were forced to hand back the keys for their base in North Harbour Street.

26 June 2009 Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Summer on stage at Theatre Royal

AS part of its current tour, Edinburgh’s world famous home of new writing, the Traverse Theatre, will visit Dumfries with its critically acclaimed production of Midsummer.

24 June 2009 The Scottish Diaspora Forum

SDF performing musicians win award

LILLIAS Kinsman Blake and Rachel Newton who will be playing as delegates arrive and register at the Scottish Diaspora Forum have recently won the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland for best use of Music and Sound (along with cellist Seylan Baxter). Click here for full details

24 June 2009 All I Want Here

Pornography - Tricycle Theatre

SIMON Stephens’ 7/7 play, Pornography, receives its London premiere at the Tricycle Theatre where it runs from August 6 (previews from August 4) to August 29, 2009.

19 June 2009 Press and Journal

Actor is critics’ choice for moving performance as his own father

THE decision to turn the remarkable story of his father’s life into a play has paid off handsomely for Inverness actor Matthew Zajac. The moving performance he gives in The Tailor of Inverness has been recognised by the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (Cats), which awarded him the Best Male Performance prize at the annual presentations.

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19 June 2009 Southern Reporter

O' – didn't the Lasses do well?

A BORDERS-BASED theatre group has secured a coveted award from Scotland's leading critics. The Rowan Tree Theatre Company received the Best Use of Music prize at Sunday’s prestigious Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS).

15 June 2009 Royal Lyceum

Stars of Lyceum Season 2009/10 scoop CATS awards

THE 2008-09 CATS Awards (Critics' Awards for theatre in Scotland) were announced on Sunday 14 June in a ceremony at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre.

15 June 2009 Lothian Life

Interiors Picks up Critics’ Awards

AT last night’s Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, Interiors picked up Best Director (Matthew Lenton) Best Ensemble and Best Production. With the Traverse shortlisted for no fewer than 11 awards nd winning 4, we spoke to Mike Griffiths to see what he thinks makes a successful theatre production.

15 June 2009 A View from the Stalls

Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland

CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners at Sunday's ceremony for the CATS (Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland). The big winner was 'Interiors' which won Best Production, Best Ensemble & Best Director (for Matthew Lenton).

15 June 2009 BBC

Good Morning Scotland

NEWS interview featuring Joyce McMillan, CATS co-convenor, and Matthew Lenton, award-winning Vanishing Point director.

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15 June 2009 The Courier

Third time lucky at Scottish theatre awards

IT was third time lucky for Dundee Rep actress Irene Macdougall as she took the Best Female Performance award at yesterday’s 2009 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland. It was her searing interpretation of Martha in the Rep’s production of Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf? that clinched it at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre.

15 June 2009 The Herald

Strength of Scots theatre shows at awards

SCOTTISH theatre continues to be in strong health and is taking its well-deserved place on the world stage, according to industry critics. The 2009 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS), last night revealed the latest winners at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh.

15 June 2009 The Scotsman

Touring companies purr with pride after taking top Cats theatre awards

A CONTROVERSIAL production set at the time of the 2005 London bombings and a play featuring a commentary similar to that of the hit television series Desperate Housewives were just two of the winners of the prestigious Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland.

14 June 2009 What's on Stage

Interiors Is Three Time Winner At CATS Ceremony

THE seventh annual Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) for the year 2008-09, have been announded in a ceremony at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, with guest presenters Grant Stott and Faith Liddell.

14 June 2009 BBC

Touring theatre companies awarded

SCOTLAND'S touring theatre companies have scooped six of the 10 prizes at the prestigious Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (Cats). The companies awarded were Inverness-based Dogstar, Vanishing Point and Vox Motus from Glasgow and Rowan Tree, which works from the Scottish Borders.

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14 June 2009 STV

Scotland's smallest theatre companies carry off major awards

THREE of Scotland’s smallest theatre companies, Dogstar Theatre of Inverness, the Rowan Tree Company from the Borders, and Vox Motus from Glasgow, carried off awards in the 2008-9 Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) which were announced at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh yesterday (Sunday June 14).

14 June 2009 The Stage

Scottish touring companies purr at CATS awards

TOURING theatre was the big winner at the annual Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland, staged in Edinburgh today.Six of the ten awards went to touring companies, with Glasgow-based Vanishing Point’s international co-production, Interiors, taking three awards including Best Production.

6 June 2009 Evening News

Grant on cue to host stage awards

GRANT Stott has been confirmed as the compère for the 2009 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland ceremony. The actor and presenter will host the event at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre on 14 June. The ceremony offers the public a rare chance to rub shoulders with actors, directors and critics involved with Scottish theatre.

3 June 2009 EdinburghGuide.com

Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland

THE annual 2009 CATS awards will be presented in a ceremony at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh on the evening of Sunday 14 June.

31 May 2009 It's On It's Gone

Theatre Preview: Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, 14 June, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

LOVE the theatre? Like a party? Fancy mingling with the stars? The 2009 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) are coming to Edinburgh on Sunday 14 June and the organisers are inviting the public along to join in the fun – and I’ve got two tickets to give away to the event!

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28 May 2009 Press and Journal

Re-inventing a classic

WHEN you first think of the story of Peer Gynt, you probably think of a folksy classic that was dictated to you at school. That was before the National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep Ensemble got their hands on the Henrik Ibsen tale and shook it up and gave it a modern twist.

28 May 2009 The List

Traverse is the Cat's Whiskers

CHESHIRE cat grins all round at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre which has no fewer than 12 nominations in the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS). Tickets are now on sale to the public for the annual ceremony at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre on Sun 14 Jun when the company will be in competition with the Tron, Dundee Rep and the Citz as well as touring companies such as Dogstar, Rowan Tree, Vox Motus and TAG for the ten prestigious awards.

25 May 2009 Lothian Life

Critics’ Theatre Awards come to Edinburgh

WITH 11 nominations across seven of the ten award categories, the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh heads the field for the 2009 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS). The ceremony for the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland is to be held in Edinburgh for the first time. This year the prestigious awards are to be presented in a glittering ceremony at the Festival Theatre on the evening of Sunday 14 June.

24 May 2009 Scotland on Sunday

Jemima Levick interview: The direct approach

JEMIMA Levick was sunning herself in Marrakech when the texts started arriving. It was nice of people to keep in touch, thought the director, but why was everyone congratulating her? A call to James Brining, artistic director of Dundee Rep, put her right. "Oh yes, I've been meaning to tell you," he said, going on to explain that Levick's production of Beauty And The Beast was figuring prominently in the nominations for the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) released earlier this week.

National Theatre of Scotland blog 20 May 2009

Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland – nominations 08-09

THIS YEAR'S Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland 08- 09 nominations have been announced. The National Theatre of Scotland has been nominated for 5 awards:

Borders Today 21 May 2009

Rowan Tree set to take centre stage

ROWAN Tree is up for two prestigious awards, writes Sally Gillespie. Actress Gerda Stevenson is in line for best female performance for her work in the company’s latest production, The Lasses, O, in the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS). And musicians Seylan Baxter, Lillias Kinsman Blake and Rachel Newton have been nominated for best use of music and sound prize.

What's On in Theatre 20 May 2009

Nominations announced for 2009 CATS Awards

THE nominations for the annual Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, CATS Awards, have been announced in Scotland. The winners will be announced on Sunday 14 June at the Featival Theatre,Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh Guide 20 May 2009

Traverse Leads Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland

THE Traverse Theatre is leading the field in the 2009 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS). The Trav scooped eleven of the nominations in seven of the ten award categories including two for the top award, Best Production.

STV 20 May 2009

Big prizes for small theatre companies

TWO of Scotland's smallest theatre companies, the Rowan Tree company from the Borders and Dogstar from Inverness, are celebrating their nominations in this year's Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS). alongside such established names as the Citizens, the Traverse and the National Theatre of Scotland.

The Herald 20 May 2009

Traverse leads nominations for theatre awards

THE Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh leads the nominations for this year's Scottish drama critics' awards. It has 11 nominations in seven categories in the shortlists for this year's Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (Cats), which were announced yesterday.Three of the four nominations in the best new play category - Midsummer, Pornography and Cockroach - were commissions or co-commissions of the Traverse.

The British Theatre Guide 19 May 2009

CATS Shortlist Announced

THE shortlist for the 2009 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland has been announced:

TAG blog 19 May 2009

Award nominations

LIAR, our co-production with Sounds of Progress, written by Davey Anderson has been nominated for the Best Show for Children and Young People at this year's CATS Awards (Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland).

Guardian 19 May 2009

Scottish theatre awards celebrate wandering stars

THE shortlists are out for the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (or CATS), the annual chance for my colleagues and I to give an extended round of applause to the best shows of the year – and take a snapshot of the theatre landscape. In recent years, the awards have tended to be dominated by a single big show: Anthony Neilson's The Wonderful World of Dissocia in 2005, Gregory Burke's Black Watch in 2007, Dominic Hill's Peer Gynt in 2008. But what's invigorating about this year's list is that the nominations are widely spread.

BBC Radio Cafe 19 May 2009

On today's Radio Cafe

AS the BBC Poetry Season is launched poets Ron Butlin and Ryan Van Winkle offer their suggestions on how we can let poetry into our daily lives and consider whether big campaigns actually benefit the genre. CATS co-convenor Mark Fisher announces who’s made it to the shortlist of Scotland’s most prestigious theatre awards. But how do budding playwrights make that first leap from working backstage on other people’s plays to writing their own? We ask playwrights Daniel Jackson and Debbie Jones.

STV 19 May 2009

Scottish Theatre Awards nominations cover great and small

INTERNATIONAL co-productions, linking Scotland to companies from Naples to Minneapolis, jostle with some of the smallest companies in the country in this year's nominations for the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS).

Edinburgh Evening News 19 May 2009

Theatre's award nominations: Traverse critics' categories

THE Traverse Theatre has scooped 11 nominations in the prestigious Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (Cats).The theatre, which specialises in new writing, is leading the field for the awards, with nominations across seven categories, including three out of the four nominations in the category for best new play.

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Scotsman blog 19 May 2009

CATS shortlist announced

THE Critics Awards For Theatre in Scotland have announced their 2009 shortlist. Leading the field are David Leddy's Sub Rosa, at the Citizens Theatre, and David Greig's Midsummer, at the Traverse, with four nominations each. Dundee Rep's production of Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, above, and Vanishing Point's Interiors have also done well, with three nominations each. Click on the links above to read our critic Joyce McMillan's reviews of each play.

BBC 19 May 2009

City theatre given 11 nominations

THE Traverse has scooped 11 nominations in the prestigious Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (Cats).The theatre, which specialises in new writing, is leading the field for the awards, with 11 nominations across seven categories.

British Theatre Guide 15 May 2009

CATS winners

The winners of the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland have been announced:

EdinburghGuide.com 12 May 2009

Edinburgh to Host Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland Ceremony

THE nominations have not yet been announced but Edinburgh will be hosting the ceremony for the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) for the first time. It was announced yesterday that the 2009 awards are to be presented in a ceremony at the Festival Theatre on the evening of Sunday 14 June.

Edinburgh Evening News 12 May 2009

Cream of arts to get their Cats in Capital

THE ceremony for the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (Cats) is to be held in Edinburgh for the first time. This year the prestigious awards are to be presented in a glittering ceremony at the Festival Theatre on Sunday 14 June.

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The Guardian 12 May 2009

The Ducky review

THIS play - DC Jackson's sequel to last year's The Wall - starts off light and breezy, charting the lives of a group of Ayrshire teenagers with a throwaway charm. It is neither adventurous nor deep, yet, in the middle of the second half, the play catches you unawares.

The Scotsman 12 May 2009

Theatre awards come to capital

SCOTLAND'S top theatre awards are to be staged in Edinburgh for the first time in a glittering ceremony at the Festival Theatre, it was announced yesterday.

The Press and Journal 30 April 2009

Award-winning production of Peer Gynt to visit Eden Court

AN AWARD-winning production of Peer Gynt is visiting Eden Court Theatre in Inverness as part of a Scottish tour.

Think About Theatre blog, 14 April 2009

Dissocia:A Columbia show outside of Columbia

Profiles Theatre continues its crazy 20th Anniversary Season with the U.S. Premiere of the acclaimed new dark comedy The Wonderful World Of Dissocia by Anthony Neilson, directed by Profiles Associate Artistic Director, Darrell W. Cox.

Playbill, 20 March, 2009

Neilson's Dissocia Gets U.S. Premiere in Chicago

The play received its lauded world premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival and went on to win every major category at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland including Best New Play and Best Production.

BroadwayWorld.com, 11 March 2009

Profiles Presents THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISSOCIA

The Wonderful World Of Dissocia received its lauded World Premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival and went on to win every major category at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland including Best New Play and Best Production.

Examiner.com, 1 March 2009

Profiles Theatre presents American premiere of The Wonderful World of Dissocia

The Wonderful World Of Dissocia received its lauded World Premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival and went on to win every major category at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland including Best New Play and Best Production.

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