2017 press coverage

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13 June 2017 The Agency

Kieran Hurley’s HEADS UP wins Best New Play at Critics’ Awards for Scottish Theatre

CONGRATULATIONS to Kieran Hurley for winning Best New Play at this year’s CATS Awards for his one-man show HEADS UP. HEADS UP, written and performed by Kieran, weaves a picture of a familiar city at the moment of its destruction, asking what would we do if we found ourselves at the end of our world as we know it.

11 June 2017 The Stage

Dundee Rep and Royal Lyceum head up 2017 CATS winners

DUNDEE Rep and the Lyceum in Edinburgh have emerged as the biggest victors at the 2017 Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland. Dundee Rep’s Death of a Salesman won the most awards of any production, with three individual prizes, while three shows at the Lyceum won in their categories. The two companies have now won 22 times each in the CATS’ 15-year history.

11 June 2017 All Edinburgh Theatre

Edinburgh Dominates CATS

HALF the winners at this year’s Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland are Edinburgh-based productions, with the Lyceum winning three and the Traverse with Red Bridge Arts, two awards. Black Beauty, by Red Bridge Arts and the Traverse Theatre Company won two awards. Creators, Andy Manley, Andy Cannon, Ian Cameron and Shona Reppe won best play for children and young people, while the design team of Shona Reppe and lighting designer Simon Wilkinson won best design.

11 June 2017 Stornoway Gazette

‘Heartbreaking’ Death of a Salesman leads theatre ‘Oscars’

DUNDEE Rep’s version of the Arthur Miller classic Death of a Salesman triumphed at the Scottish theatre “Oscars” today. The show won three honours in the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (Cats), including best production. It also took the best ensemble category and best male performance, for Billy Mack.

11 June 2017 Edinburgh Guide

Capital day as Edinburgh venues scoop half the Awards at 15th annual CATS ceremony

AT Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre on Sunday 11th June, the 15th annual Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) ceremony took place to great anticipation. There may be muddled news and lots of mixed feelings on the political front, but there was plenty to celebrate in the world of Scottish theatre where, from a total of 163 eligible productions, the winners were announced and Edinburgh venues were well represented.

8 June 2017 The Herald

Arts News: Boots on for Leith Gala; CATS ceremony on Sunday

EDINBURGH’s Festival Theatre is the venue for this year’s Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland on Sunday afternoon, when people already accustomed to dressing up don their finery to learn which of them has been deemed worthy of special honour this year by the critical voices in our newspapers, magazines and online.

6 June 2017 Chortle

Getting the Boabby prize

GAVIN MITCHELL, best known as Boabby the Barman in Still Game, is to present the CATS award for Scottish theatre this weekend. CATS – Critics Awards for Theatre – is now in its 15th year, and holds its annual ceremony in Edinburgh this weekend.

6 June 2017 All Edinburgh Theatre

Boaby pulls the CATS

GAVIN MITCHELL, known to millions as Boabby the constantly sneering barman of the Clansman pub in Still Game has been announced as presenter for the 15th Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, to be held on Sunday 11 June 2017. Mitchell will be handing out he gongs as the winners are announced in ten categories ranging from best play to actor and actress. There are also awards for best design, music, new play and production for children.

18 May 2017 Traverse Theatre

Black Beauty nominated for Five CATS Awards

IN WHAT has been a formidable year for Scottish theatre, the Traverse features alongside the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Dundee Rep Theatre Company, Tron Theatre, Citizens’ Theatre, and many more in this year’s shortlist, in which 22 productions garnered nominations. 

18 May 2017 The Courier

Dundee Rep leads the way in theatre awards

DUNDEE REP’S production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is leading the field in this year’s prestigious CATS awards/ The production has been shortlisted in six different categories of the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) – more than any other play performed in Scotland over the past year. This includes a nomination for the country’s top theatre award – best production.

18 May 2017 The Herald

Royal Lyceum Theatre leads Scotland’s leading theatre award short lists for 2017

THE FIRST season at the helm of one of the nation’s leading theatres by the playwright David Greig dominates the short lists for Scotland’s leading theatre awards. The Royal Lyceum Theatre’s productions have 15 nominations across five productions in the 2017 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, or CATS. However the production of Death of a Salesman by the Dundee Rep has the most nominations, with six. The singer and songwriter Karine Polwart has been nominated in the best new play category, for Wind Resistance.

18 May 2017 The Stage

Edinburgh Lyceum amasses 15 nods ahead of Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland

EDINBURGH’S Lyceum Theatre Company dominates the nominations in this year’s Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland. In the first year of David Greig’s tenure as artistic director, the company has a total of 15 nominations for six shows across nine of the 10 categories. Five of these are for the theatre’s production of A Number, with nods for Zinnie Harris, who is up for her direction. The two-hander is also recognised for best actor (Brian Ferguson) best ensemble and best production.

17 May 2017 The Scotsman

Royal Lyceum leads race for Critics’ Awards for Theatre

THE ROYAL Lyceum in Edinburgh and Dundee Rep are leading the race for glory in the annual “Scottish theatre Oscars”.Five Lyceum productions across eight categories have secured 15 nominations for next month’s Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, which are also known as the Cats Awards. They were drawn from the first season under new artistic director David Greig’s stewardship.However Dundee Rep’s production of the classic Arthur Miller play Death of a Salesman earlier this year has been shortlisted in six categories – more than any other show.

17 May 2017 EdinburghGuide

Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum heads CATS 2017 nominations

TODAY the announcement of the 2017 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) Awards with Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum dominating the shortlists. David Greig’s first season as artistic director of the Lyceum sees 15 nominations for five different productions across eight categories.The most nominated production, was Dundee Rep’s production of Death of a Salesman that was shortlisted in six different categories, including the top award of Best Production.

17 May 2017 All Edinburgh Theatre

Lyceum dominates CATS nominations

EDINBURGH-BASED companies dominate this year’s shortlist for the CATS, the annual celebration of theatre in Scotland, with the Lyceum either behind or involved with 15 of the nominations. The Traverse’s co-production of Black Beauty with independent producer Red Bridge ensures that the theatre has five nominations out of the total of 40 – there are four nominations in each of ten different categories.