The first Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland were announced on May 11, 2003.
Best Male Performance
John Kazek as Guy de Maupassant in Pleasure and Pain, by Mark Thomson and directed by him, at the Glasgow Citizens. Mark Thomson is taking over from Kenny Ireland as Artistic Director for Royal Lyceum Theatre Company.
Best Female Performance
Alexandra Mathie as Dr Vivian Bearing in Wit, the Pulitzer prize winning play by Margaret Edson, in a touring production by Stellar Quines the only Scottish theatre company who facilitate, nurture and promote primarily female artists. They are celebrating their 10th year of existence in 2003.
Calum Colvin‘s design for Peter Arnott’s impressive new Victorian melodrama, The Breathing House. Colvin, one of Scotland’s most respected photographic artists, here made his debut as a theatre designer. His giant breathing bellows set, echoed the bellows of an old-fashioned camera. The Breathing House was produced by the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Edinburgh and directed by Kenny Ireland.
Best New Play
David Greig‘s Outlying Islands, seen in a production directed by Philip Howard from that powerhouse of new writing in Scotland, the Traverse, Edinburgh. The play is published by Faber and available from the Traverse, Faber and good bookshops
Joint Winners – Shining Souls, directed by Alison Peebles and co-produced by her company, V.amp Productions and the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, and Scrooge, directed and designed by Kenny Miller, the 2002 Christmas show by Citizens Theatre Company, Glasgow
The critics’ panel honoured Giles Havergal for his immeasurable contribution to theatre in Scotland over the 34 years in which he has been director of the Glasgow Citizens. The critics marked this by sponsoring a seat at the Citizens Theatre, for the theatre’s current fund-raising campaign. Giles Havergal is also an acclaimed actor and played Ebenezer Scrooge in the winning production of Scrooge.