The 20th Annual CATS Awards – 2023

The 2023 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) shortlists have been released today with two soul-searing new plays topping the nominations. May Sumbwanyambe’s “harrowing but uplifting” drama Enough of Him about the slave Joseph Knight, which was co-produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and Pitlochry Festival Theatre, has received six nominations. Meanwhile, Ramesh Meyyappan’s ‘beautifully poignant’ Love Beyond, (Act of Remembrance) – co-produced by Raw Material and Vanishing Point – which raised awareness of the impact of dementia in the Deaf community, has received five nominations. These two productions were among more than 120 new works produced in Scotland that were eligible for the 2023 Awards. 

Presenters for this year’s Awards

Presenters of the 2023 Awards will be River City actor and celebrated panto villain Grant Stott, and BAFTA-award winning actor Shauna MacDonald.

Grant Stott
Shauna MacDonald

The 2023 CATS will be presented on the afternoon of Sunday 11 June at the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh as part of the venue’s 60th anniversary season. CEO and Executive Producer, Linda Crooks said:

Welcoming our industry colleagues and collaborators for the 2023 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland seems particularly significant as the Traverse marks its 60th anniversary year. The championing of homegrown talent by Scottish theatre critics over the years has been vital to our nation’s cultural voice and abundance of new writing. We’re sure this year’s awards will mark a time to unite us all through the breadth of brilliant work recently seen across Scottish stages.”

To view this year’s shortlisted Nominees click here.

And don’t forget to book your tickets to this year’s ceremony here!

Twitter updates: @catsawards Twitter hashtag for CATS 2023 is #CATS23