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Winners and Nominations


Best Male Performance

  • Fraser Ayres as Nigel in The People Next Door by Henry Adams – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh production. 

  • WINNER - John Bett as Urgentiono in Scenes From An Execution by Howard Barker – Dundee Rep Ensemble production. 

  • Paul Jesson as Willie Loman in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh production. 

  • Dougal Lee as John Tanner in Man And Superman by G. B. Shaw – Pitlochry Festival Theatre production. 

“John Bett’s utterly convincing, and not a little flamboyant portrayal as sugar-coated puppet master Urgentino was a performance of an immediate and total conviction. Effortlessly breaking down the barriers between audience and stage, he left us free to do what we should be doing, at least in this particular play – thinking.” Directed by Dominic Hill for this production Dundee Rep’s auditorium and stage were transformed into a theatre in the round."

Best Female Performance

  • Selina Boyack as the Ice Climber in 8000 Metres by David Greig – Suspect Culture Theatre Company. 

  • WINNER - Cait Davis as The Woman in Those Eyes, That Mouth – Grid Iron Theatre Company. 

  • Irene MacDougall as Rivera in Scenes From An Execution by Howard Barker – Dundee Rep production. 

  • Sophie Ward as Jane Wetherby in Nothing – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow production. 

“Cait Davis’s performance was heroic. Moving round the labyrinthine corridors of a ramshackle environment, here was no holds barred as she flew without a safety net to create a fully-rounded portrait of a troubled mind coming to terms with her situation without resorting to unnecessary histrionics.” Grid Iron’s premiere production at the Edinburgh Fringe took place in a building in the process of becoming a hotel."

Best Ensemble

  • Dundee Rep Ensemble cast for Scenes From An Execution

  • WINNER - Royal Lyceum Theatre cast for Six Black Candles

  • The Citizens Theatre cast for Top Girls

  • The Arches Theatre cast for Waiting for Godot

“Six Black Candles by the Royal Lyceum was one of those great (virtually) all-female ensembles that Scotland does so well. This was an ensemble that was up there with the best of them – eight of our finest actresses – and two not bad blokes – simply loving every moment on stage. Led by Kath Howden as Caroline, they made the very most of Des Dillon’s earthy, vibrant and very funny supernatural comedy.” The play set in Coatbridge by Des Dillion won two playwrighting awards, TAPs Writer of The Year in 2000 & 16th International Playwrighting Award in 2001 but only recieved its World premiere in this production.

Best Director

  • Andy Cannon and Iain Johnstone for Arthur, the Story of a King – Wee Stories Theatre Company & The Scottish Touring Consortium. 

  • WINNERDominic Hill for Scenes From An Execution – Dundee Rep Ensemble. 

  • Hettie McDonald for Top Girls – Citizens Theatre. 

  • Mark Thomson for Six Black Candles – Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh. 


“Dominic Hill’s exceptional production showed the work of a disciplined mind achieving exceptional effects with a complex and highly challenging text. It is astonishing that within the context of such a demanding play, he was able to liberate his actors and crew to work to the highest level.” This production was the play’s Scottish Premiere."

Best Design

  • Kenny Miller for Smoking with Lulu  – The Citizens. 

  • WINNERTom Piper for Twelfth Night – Dundee Rep Ensemble. 

  • Ken Harrison (Set) and Mark Pritchard (Lights) for Double Indemnity – Pitlochry Festival Theatre . 

  • Neil Warmington (Set) and Simon Bennison (Lights) for Scenes from an Execution – Dundee Rep Ensemble.

“Designers can crystallise the mood, make us see things anew or illuminate some dark recesses. From the moment that a gauzy curtain pulled back to reveal a surreal setting, the eye was fascinated and mystified, Tom Piper’s design for Dundee Rep’s Twelfth Night amused and entertained, and make us look again.”

Best Music and Sound

  • Jon Beales for Flora the Red Menace – Dundee Rep. 

  • WINNERPaddy Cuneen for Twelfth Night – Dundee Rep. 

  • Anthea Haddow and Kenny MacLeod for Scenes from an Execution – Dundee Rep. 

  • David Paul Jones for Those Eyes, That Mouth – Grid Iron 

“Music and sound create atmosphere, comedy and emotional energy for the food of theatre. Paddy Cuneen gave audible and marvellously timed expression to a world in danger of drowning in sorrow which then dissolved into anarchy and misrule where a piano could play itself Joplin’s The Entertainer. Play on indeed!”

Best Technical Presentation

  • Double Indemnity – Pitlochry Festival Theatre. 

  • Monster – Visible Fictions. 

  • WINNERSmoking With Lulu – Citizens Theatre. 

  • Those Eyes, That Mouth – Grid Iron. 

“Smoking with Lulu integrated brilliantly images from the original film with a superb, but potentially challenging, set into an outrageously stylish production.”

Best Production for Children and Young People

  • WINNERArthur, The Story of a King – Wee Stories & The Scottish Touring Consortium. 

  • Monster – Visible Fictions. 

  • The Story of the Little Gentleman – Catherine Wheels. 

  • Snow Baby – Catherine Wheels and Macrobert 

“Good theatre for children refuses to be happy-clappy enforced entertainment, live on stage. It is seriously engaging stuff. It is theatre like Arthur, The Story of a King from the Wee Stories Company & The Scottish Touring Consortium, which takes a common Cornflake packet and creates from it an airy something and a dream of world peace. They dared to bring to the stage, all the potency and power of this ancient story. And then, without glossing over any of its many taboos, to left all of their audiences – whether naive or mature – the inkling that they, like the people in the story, could go out and make a difference.” Arthur, The Story of a King was co-created by Andy Cannon, Iain Johnstone and David Trouton, who all also appeared it it, and directed by Andy Cannon and Iain Johnstone."

Best New Play

  • David Greig for San Diego – Tron Theatre/Edinburgh International Festival. 

  • Andrea Hart for Nothing – Citizens Theatre. 

  • WINNERHenry Adam for The People Next Door – Traverse Theatre. 

“In The People Next Door Henry Adam gave us a timely and topical examination of East /West relations, as well as a satire on popular culture, that neither pulled its punches nor its punch-lines, A scabrously funny, high octane black farce set against the backdrop of a post- September 11 world filled with paranoia and confusion, it managed to make the political personal, and vice versa, by bringing together three lonely misfits for whom contrary to Margaret Thatcher’s belief, there definitely is such a thing as society.” The play is published by Nick Hern Books."

Best Production

  • Arthur, the story of a king – Wee Stories and The Scottish Touring Consortium. 

  • WINNERScenes from an Execution – Dundee Rep Ensemble. 

  • Top Girls – The Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.

  • Waiting For Godot – The Arches.

“The Dundee Rep’s production of Howard Barker’s seminal Scenes from an Execution was quite simply a triumph, and the crowning achievement in what has been a remarkable first year for the theatre under the artistic direction of James Brining and Dominic Hill.”

The awards panel consisted of: Mary Brennan (The Herald), Mark Brown (Sunday Herald), Neil Cooper (The Herald), Allan Chadwick (Metro), Steve Cramer (List), Robert Dawson Scott (The Times), Thom Dibdin (Edinburgh Evening News), Mark Fisher (The Guardian), Thelma Good (, Sarah Jones (The Independent), Joyce McMillan (Scotsman), Kenneth Speirs (Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday) and Joy Watters (The Courier).

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