CRITICS' AWARDS FOR THEATRE IN SCOTLAND

Press coverage 2015

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All Edinburgh Theatre 16 June 2015

Arches Call at CATS

VENUE closure casts shadow over award ceremony “Different type of working model” needed in the future, says founding director. If the Lyceum dominated the winners list at Sunday’s Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland, it was the Arches closure which dominated the speeches. How could it not. The ceremony was held at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre and the five minute walk to the Tron from Central Station starts opposite the entrance to the Arches. More to the point, the Tron is where the Arches founding director, Andy Arnold, is now artistic director.

The Stage 15 June 2015

Politicians rally to support doomed Glasgow Arches

POLITICIANS in Scotland have rallied to support the Arches in Glasgow, which went into administration last week. At First Minister's Questions at Holyrood on Thursday, deputy first minister John Swinney said the Scottish government would “look in all ways that we possibly can” to protect the future of what he called “a significant cultural venue in the city of Glasgow and a venue that contributes a great deal to the cultural life of Scotland”.

BBC Radio Scotland 15 June 2015

The Janice Forsyth Show

CATS co-convenor Joyce McMillan and Royal Lyceum artistic director Mark Thomson discuss the awards with Janice Forsyth.

Edinburgh Guide 15 June 2015

Mog-nificent Day for Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre!!

THE Royal Lyceum Theatre scooped the pool on Sunday 14 June 2015 at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre, winning six of the ten awards at the 2015 CATS Awards Ceremony. This year’s Awards were presented by acclaimed comedian and actor Karen Dunbar, resplendent in a pink cat-earred hat, and Tron artistic director and founder of Glasgow’s Arches, Andy Arnold. The pair proved to be a tremendous double act that reflected their long working relationship, providing refreshingly edgy entertainment between awards.

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Scotland Now/Daily Record 15 June 2015

Outlander star Grant O'Rourke wins Best Male Performance Award for Scottish stage role

THE star, who plays Rupert MacKenzie in the hit TV show, was named best actor for his role in The Venetian Twins at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh.

BBC News 15 June 2015

Outlander star Grant O'Rourke wins theatre award

OUTLANDER star Grant O'Rourke has been named best actor at a theatre awards ceremony for his performance on the Scottish stage. O'Rourke won the Best Male Performance Award for his role in The Venetian Twins at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh.The Royal Lyceum dominated the 2015 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS), winning six of the ten awards.

The National 15 June 2015

Scottish theatre is experiencing ‘challenging times’, say awards organisers

THERE was bittersweet success for Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre at Scotland’s main theatre awards yesterday, as the event organisers admitted it was a “challenging time for theatre in Scotland”. The Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) saw the Edinburgh institution, which turns 50 this year, take six of the ten awards. Scottish actor Grant O’Rourke, who has seen his profile rocket after landing a role in hit TV show Outlander, was named best actor for his part in the Lyceum’s Venetian Twins.

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The Times 15 June 2015

Outlander star wins best actor award

A STAR of Outlander, the popular television drama, has won a top accolade in the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (Cats). Grant O’Rourke took the best male actor award for his work portraying both main characters in The Venetian Twins. O’Rourke was presented with the award at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre by the comedian Karen Dunbar and the venue’s artistic director, Andy Arnold. It is the first Cats award for O’Rourke, who played Rupert Mackenzie in Outlander, a Jacobean time travel romp. The part is rather different from playing Zanetto and Tonino, the long-lost twins, at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh.

The Evening Times 15 June 2015

Troubled Glasgow club The Arches praised at theatre awards ceremony in Glasgow

THE cultural importance of troubled venue The Arches was heralded at a theatre awards ceremony in Glasgow.Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) were held at the Tron Theatre in the city last night. Awards - including the best actor gong which went to Outlander star Grant O'Rourke - were presented by comedian and actor Karen Dunbar and Tron Theatre artistic director, and The Arches founder, Andy Arnold.

The Southern Reporter 15 June 2015

Outlander star takes theatre award

OUTLANDER start Grant O'Rourke has been named best actor at a theatre awards ceremony for his performance on the Scottish stage. O'Rourke, who plays Rupert MacKenzie in the TV show, won the Best Male Performance Award for his role in The Venetian Twins at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh.

The Courier & Advertiser 15 June 2015

Outlander star is best actor at theatre awards

LYCEUM Theatre scoops six of the ten gongs.

BBC Radio Scotland 15 June 2015

Good Morning Scotland (starts at 2 hours 21 min)

IT WAS a day of celebration yesterday for Scottish theatre. The Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland, or CATS, were handed out in Glasgow. The Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh swept the boards, winning six of the ten awards. But amidst the celebrations there are concerns about several of the winning companies.

The Herald 14 June

Outlander star Grant O'Rourke takes Best Actor theatre award

THE actor who plays Rupert in the popular television drama series scooped the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland accolade for his role in the Venetian Twins at the gala event at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow.

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The Stage 14 June 2015

Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh wins big at Scottish theatre awards

EDINBURGH'S Royal Lyceum Theatre has dominated at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland, winning in six categories. The Lyceum picked up four gongs for its production of Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle, including best production and best direction for Mark Thomson in his penultimate year as the theatre's artistic director. Amy Manson who played Grusha won the best female performance award for the second time, while the company also got the best ensemble gong.

The List 14 June 2015

Outlander actor Grant O’Rourke wins best actor at Scottish theatre awards

THE annual Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) have been announced, with Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum grabbing the headlines with three productions taking home gongs, including Best Male Performance Award for Outlander star Grant O’Rourke. O’Rourke, who plays Rupert MacKenzie in the Amazon Prime/Starz TV series, proved ‘ferociously versatile’ in his portrayal of Zanetto and Tonino, the siblings separated at birth in The Venetian Twins, cutting a ‘gloriously schizophrenic figure’. The actor was also praised for not only his ability to differentiate the two roles, but also his mastery of ‘comic nuance’.

All Edinburgh Theatre 14 June 2015

CATS Citations

THE winners and the critics’ citations in full: The Royal Lyceum dominated the awards at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2015, held at the Glasgow Tron theatre on Sunday 14 June 2014.Here are the award winners in full, together with the critics’ citations.

All Edinburgh Theatre 14 June 2015

Edinburgh dominates CATS

THE Royal Lyceum has triumphed at this year’s Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, with three productions winning a total of six gongs between them. Further nods have gone to two Traverse co-productions and to Catherine Wheels Theatre Company. Leading the pack for the Lyceum was The Caucasian Chalk Circle, which won an impressive four awards, including best production overall and best director for Mark Thomson, the theatre’s artistic director who announced that he is leaving the post at the end of the coming season.

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KILTR 9 June 2015

Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland

W'RE looking forward to heading to The 2015 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) this sunday where KILTR - in association with Untitled Projects, the Citizens Theatre and the Traverse Theatre - are up for 4 awards including best Technical Presentation for their work on the Arthur Rimbaud-inspired play: Slope.

Edinburgh Guide 5 June 2015

2015 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) guest presenters announced

LEADING comedian and actor Karen Dunbar will be joined by artistic director of the Tron Theatre and founder of Glasgow’s Arches Andy Arnold, as this year’s presenter. CATS co-convenor Joyce McMillan says, “We are delighted that Karen and Andy are to present this year’s awards. Karen is a real star of both stage and television, well loved by audiences

The Stage 29 May 2015

Scotland Short Play winners announced

PLAYWRIGHTS Ross Dunsmore and Martin McCormick have won at the inaugural Scotland Short Play awards. They join Cameron Forbes and Emily Ashton as winners. All four winning plays have been performed at the Cumbernauld and Traverse theatres. McCormick is a nominee at this year’s Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland for his play Squash, while Dunsmore’s first full-length play The Gift won Rondo Theatre’s 2014 Quick and Dirty playwriting competition.

The Herald 19 May 2015

And the top prize goes to . . . the awards

NEVERTHELESS, this current season of Scottish arts awards, with the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland preceding the SAY Award by just a few days, will be commanding my full attention. I have never been involved in the selection of the CATS (again, my choice) but I have watched with all due respect as they have become an increasingly important part of Scotland's theatrical year, making clear to all what the critics already knew: that the sector produces a quality of work that far exceeds what might reasonably be expected in a small nation.

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The Herald 19 May 2015

Farewell after Lyceum's 50th season

WHEN the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh announced the resignation of its artistic director Mark Thomson last week after twelve years at the helm, there were some who thought Thomson's decision was in response to Scotland's arts funding quango Creative Scotland's potentially damaging 17% in the theatre's regular funding. Here, after all, was one of the country's leading rep companies who, as this season's productions of Brian Friel's Faith Healer, Tony Cownie's new take on Goldoni's The Venetian Twins and Thomson's own boisterous production of Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle (pictured) have proved, is at the top of its game. This was confirmed by the news that the Royal Lyceum has been nominated for a record-breaking seventeen awards at this year's Critics Awards For Theatre in Scotland.

Coulter Management Agency 18 May 2015

Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland: 2014-15 Nominees

HUGE congratulations to a number of our clients who have been nominated in various categories for the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland: 2014-15! The awards will take place at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow on Sunday 14th June.

Scottish Daily Mail 16 May 2015

Still Game? Not Scottish enough...

YOU might think that Jack and Victor couldn't be more Craiglang if they tried. but their Glasgow patter has failed to win the popular Still Game live show a theatre awards nomination.

The Skinny 15 May 2015

CATS Scottish Theatre Awards Shortlist Announced

THE shortlist for this year’s Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) has been announced, with Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre leading the way with 17 nominations. Three Lyceum shows – Faith Healer, The Venetian Twins and The Caucasian Chalk Circle – are nominated for the best production award with Untitled Projects’ Slope completing the line-up, while the theatre also picks up two nominations in each of the acting categories.

The National 15 May 2015

Still Game: Live at the SSE Hydro not Scottish enough for award nomination

STILL Game: Live at the SSE Hydro was not Scottish enough for the judges of Scotland’s biggest theatre award. The award judges disqualified the show as producer, Phil McIntyre Entertainments, is based in London. Writer and star Greg Hemphill hit out at the ludicrousness of the situation. He said he did not mind the show not being shortlisted as the judges are “entitled to not nominate it”. But he added: “I do take issue with their judgement that it wasn’t a Scottish show. That is just ludicrous”

The Herald 15 May 2015

Still Game clearly a Scottish success story

RULES are rules. In any walk of life, or any contest, quiz or award, there are guidelines, rules, and qualification criteria. And, of course, one cannot make one rule for one person - including for, or perhaps especially, for successful people - and another for everyone else. But hard rules always throw up contestable anomalies. This has been dramatically shown in the case of the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) this week. These distinguished awards, with a judging panel that include noted critics from The Herald, have unveiled their 2015 short lists this week, in ten categories.

The Herald 15 May 2015

Still Game says its "ludicrous" to suggest show was not 'Scottish'

ONE of the stars of Still Game, which staged a successful version of the TV show a Glasgow's SSE Hydro, has described as "ludicrous" the claim that the show was not a Scottish production. The Still Game: Live show has not featured in the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) short lists which were announced yesterday.Hemphill said that he was not annoyed that the show did not get a nomination as the judges are "entitled to not nominate it".

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AllEdinburghTheatre 15 May 2015

Lyceum is CATS delight

17 NOMS for Lyceum in critics’ awards. Edinburgh-based companies dominate this year’s nominations for the annual Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland. Half the 40 nominations over ten categories are for productions solely emanating from Edinburgh, with a further nine nominations for co-productions.The Lyceum comes out as the star of the year. The Venetian Twins and The Caucasian Chalk Circle both have five nominations while Faith Healer has three and Bondagers two.

Chortle 14 May 2015

Still Game 'isn't Scottish enough'

IT IS one of Scotland's biggest comedy successes, but last year's mammoth stage run of Still Game has been ruled out of a major theatre award – for not being Scottish enough. The show was created by Glaswegians Greg Hemphill and Ford Kiernan, set in the city and featured an all-Scottish cast. All 47 of the sitcom episodes were filmed in Glasgow for BBC One Scotland before transferring to a UK-wide broadcast on BBC Two; and last year the live version ran for 21 sold-out dates at Glasgow's Hydro, making £6million in ticket sales. But judges of the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland have ruled it ineligible for any of its prestigious awards – because the run was produced by a London-based company, Phil McIntyre Entertainments.

STV 14 May 2015

Still Game star stunned by awards snub as stage show deemed "not Scottish"

Still Game star Greg Hemphill has hit out after the live stage version of the TV show was ruled out of a major Scottish theatre award - because of its English production team. Hemphill, who stars as Victor in the hit comedy, blasted the decision on Twitter after the sold-out run of 21 shows at the Hydro failed to get a single nod from the prestigious Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland [CATS]. Despite being written by Scots Hemphill and Ford Kiernan, and featuring an all Scottish cast, CATS said Still Game: Live could not be considered because it was produced by London-based Phil McIntyre Entertainments.

Edinburgh Guide 2015

Edinburgh’s Lyceum leads with 17 CATS nominations

ANNOUNCEMENTS were made today on the nominations for the 2015 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland and the shortlist includes six different Royal Lyceum productions that appear in eight of the ten award categories giving a total of 17 nominations. And following the success of Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner in the 2014 CATS, Glasgow based Untitled Projects has four nominations for Slope, a co-production with KILTR, Citizens Theatre and Traverse Theatre Company.

Royal Lyceum 14 May 2015

17 CATS 2015 Nominations for The Lyceum!

THE Lyceum is proud to announce it has been nominated for 17 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) for its 2014/15 Season.The shortlists for the 2014 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland were announced today, 14th May 2014 with the winners being announced on Sunday 14th June at The Tron Theatre in Glasgow. It is an honour to have received nominations for six productions from this season, across seven of the ten categories for the annual awards, totalling to a whopping 17 nominations.The Lyceum has an unprecedented three out of four nominations for the best production award, including The Venetian Twins and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, both having received a total of five mentions. The third Best Production nomination is for Faith Healer, which has three nods in total.

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Imaginate 14 May 2015

Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland – nominees announced!

MORE excitement at the Imaginate Festival today! The CATS awards nominations (Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland) are out and we are delighted to see:

Daily Record 14 May 2015

Still Game's sell-out show at Hydro was NOT Scottish enough to win Scottish theatre award, critics claim

THE blockbuster live version of Still Game has missed out on a Scottish theatre nomination – because it is not Scottish enough. A string of high-brow productions have been shortlisted for gongs at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) but the popular stage show starring Jack and Victor has been overlooked because it was not produced in this country. Greg Hemphill, who plays Victor tweeted: “Written by Scots, performed by Scots, in Scotland. Not Scottish. Hahaha! #stillgamelive.”

The Stage 14 May 2015

Edinburgh Lyceum leads Scottish critics awards

THE Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh dominates the nominations for this year’s Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland. Six Lyceum productions have received a total of 17 nods across seven of the 10 categories for the annual awards, which take place at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre on June 14.The Lyceum has an unprecedented three out of four nominations for the best production award, including The Caucasian Chalk Circle and The Venetian Twins, which have received a total of five nods each. The third Lyceum show nominated for the best production prize is Faith Healer, which has three nods in total.

Edinburgh Evening News 14 May 2015

Lyceum Theatre in awards bid after funding cut

THE Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh is leading the running for Scotland’s annual theatre honours – just months after a huge funding cut. Ahead of its 50th anniversary celebrations later this year, six shows staged at the Lyceum have scooped 17 nominations across eight different categories of the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland.

The Scotsman 14 May 2015

Scottish theatre awards shortlist announced

THE countdown is under way to the biggest date in the Scottish theatre calendar after the contenders for its annual awards ceremony were unveiled. A long-running theatre that had its funding cut ahead of its 50th anniversary and a company that was forced to wind up after losing its backing completely dominate the shortlist. Scotland’s famous lunchtime theatre show has also emerged strongly, with two contenders for the nation’s best new play, while there are fresh signs of a renaissance for children’s shows. However, two of Scotland’s most popular stage productions of last year drew a blank completely in the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (Cats) shortlist.

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The Herald 14 May 2015

Theatre companies cut by Creative Scotland in running for top stage awards

TWO theatre companies which were the subject of controversial funding decisions from Creative Scotland are in the running to pick up the nation's top theatre awards. The Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh, which had its regular, three-year funding cut by 17.5 per cent last year, leads the list of nominations for the annual Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS), with 17. Untitled Projects, led by artistic director Stewart Laing, which is likely to close in Scotland after failing to receive funding from the national arts funding body last year, has four nominations. The shortlists for awards, published today, recognise six different Royal Lyceum productions, which appear in eight of the ten award categories.

The Scotsman 12 May 2015

Critics’ awards rewards best shows

IT STARTED, improbably enough, in Leipzig 12 years ago, when a small group of journalists from Scotland had been invited to cover a weekend celebrating British playwriting, including a new German production of Gregory Burke’s Gagarin Way, and readings of other works by the rising generation of young Scottish playwrights. We had been discussing the irony of the fact that the power and range of contemporary Scottish theatre often seemed more widely recognised outside Scotland than in Scotland; and as we set off for home, my colleague Robert Dawson Scott of the Times – a former arts editor of The Scotsman – raised the idea that like the Critics’ Circle in London, we should launch our own annual Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (Cats). We would celebrate the best work produced in Scotland each year, and to seek to gain more recognition for an art form often seen – for historic reasons – as less central to Scottish life than, for example, music or literature.

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