A–Z of Scottish theatre recognised in the 2016 CATS shortlists

Press release 16 May 2016

  • Lanark, This Restless House and Waiting for Godot lead the nominations.
  • 20 different productions recognised in 2016 shortlists.
  • 179 new shows produced in Scotland in the last twelve months.
  • Award ceremony to take place at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh on Sunday 12 June.

FROM Angela Darcy to Zinnie Harris, the A–Z of theatre produced in Scotland over the last year has been recognised in the shortlists for the 14th annual Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) which were released today. Heading the list are two productions from Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre – Lanark: A Life in Three Acts and This Restless House – both of which are nominated in five categories. Meanwhile in Edinburgh, the Royal Lyceum Theatre’s production of. Waiting for Godot, which starred Brian Cox and Bill Paterson, gets four nominations.

The Citizens Theatre co-production with the Edinburgh International Festival of Lanark: A Life in Three Acts, based on the seminal novel by Alasdair Gray, receives five nominations including Best Production. It also results in a third Best Male Performance nomination for actor Sandy Grierson. Also receiving five nominations is the Citz co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland of Zinnie Harris’s This Restless House (based on the Oresteia). It is recognised in categories including Best Director (Dominic Hill) and Best Production, and results in a first Best Female Performance nomination for Pauline Knowles.

The Royal Lyceum’s production of Waiting for Godot, meanwhile, is nominated in four categories including Best Director (Mark Thomson), Best Production and Best Ensemble, recognising the joint contribution of actors Brian Cox, Bill Paterson, John Bett and Benny Young.

Joining Sandy Grierson in the Best Male Performance category are Cliff Burnett, Barrie Hunter and Paul Higgins (known to millions as Malcolm Tucker’s sidekick, Jamie McDonald, in The Thick of It and In the Loop). Meanwhile, Maureen Beattie receives her third CATS nomination for Best Female Performance alongside Pauline Knowles, Angela Darcy, and EastEnders actor Emmanuella Cole.

For full shortlists see Notes for Editors.

“This has been another vintage year for theatre in Scotland with no fewer than 20 productions recognised in the shortlists,” says Mark Fisher co-convenor of CATS.  “That so many different productions have made the shortlists demonstrates tangibly the breadth of creative talent in Scottish theatre today.”

“Theatre is a collaborative art-form, and once again we have seen some incredibly fruitful partnerships both within and outwith Scotland,” adds Joyce McMillan, CATS co-convenor. “For example, two co-commissions from the Edinburgh International Science Festival – Uncanny Valley and Lost at Sea – make the shortlist for Best Production for Children and Young People, and a co-production between Scotland and Norway, Drift by Vision Mechanics of Leith, is nominated in three categories.  And our most nominated production, Lanark, is a co-production between one of our greatest companies, the Citizens’, and the Edinburgh International Festival.”

“Once again, our nominations range in scale from short shows staged on a minimal budget to massive main stage productions featuring global stars; so we’ll be celebrating the sheer diversity of Scottish theatre, as well as its greatest achievements, when we get together at the Lyceum on 12 June.” 

Two new award sponsors were also confirmed today. BECTU is the new sponsor of the Best Technical Presentation Award and the Scottish Drama Training Network has come on board as sponsor of Best Male Performance. They join STV (Best Female Performance), Equity (Best Ensemble), Guitar Guitar (Best Music and Sound) and Young Scot (Best Production for Children and Young People) as award sponsors and the three CATS general supporters: The List, The Mackintosh Foundation and BBC Scotland Radio Drama.

“We are delighted to welcome new award sponsors BECTU and the Scottish Drama Training Network,” adds Mark Fisher. “The support of all our sponsors is greatly appreciated. It shows how much the contribution of the many creative people that go into making theatre is valued.”

The 2016 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland will be presented at a glittering ceremony on the afternoon of Sunday 12 June, 2016 at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. Tickets priced £15/£10 (students) from http://lyceum.org.uk/whats-on/production/critics-awards-for-theatre-in-2016

Further information on the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland visit: www.criticsawards.theatrescotland.com and follow on Twitter @catsawards  #CATS16

For further information, images, interviews and press tickets for the ceremony contact:

Lesley Booth, 0779 941 4474 / lesleyt@newcenturypr.com


Notes for Editors

• The Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) are organised annually and awarded by the theatre critics of Scotland to celebrate the best Scottish theatre achievements in the theatre year May–April. The first CATS were awarded for the year 2002–03 in five categories: best production, male performance, female performance, design and new play. Since then they have been awarded annually in early June for the original five categories and for five additional categories: director, technical presentation, production for children and young people, ensemble and music and sound.

• The CATS judging panel for 2016 was made up of: Mary Brennan (The Herald), Irene Brown (edinburghguide.com), Mark Brown (The Sunday Herald and the Daily Telegraph), Anna Burnside (Daily Record), Paul F Cockburn (Broadway Baby), Neil Cooper (The Herald), Michael Cox (Across the Arts), Thom Dibdin (The Stage and AllEdinburghTheatre.com), Mark Fisher (The Guardian), Joyce McMillan (The Scotsman), David Pollock (The Independent), Allan Radcliffe (The Times), Amy Taylor (The Public Reviews and TVBomb), Gareth K Vile (The List) and Joy Watters (Across the Arts).

• 179 productions were eligible for the 2916 CATS of which 100 which were eligible for the New Writing Award and 18 for the work for the Children and Young People Award.

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