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2005

Winners and Nominations

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Best Male Performance

  • Liam Brennan in Othello by William Shakespeare – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh production. 

  • Tony Cownie as Kenny in A Madman Sings At The Moon by Mark Thomson – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh production. 

  • Nabil Shaban as Macheath in The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill – Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh production. 

  • WINNER - David Tennant as Jimmy Porter in Look Back In Anger by John Osborne – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh production. 

“David Tennant’s performance swept us off our feet, electrifying and mesmerising as he paced the stage like a caged animal. Whether he was perching on furniture or strutting dictator-like, it was impossible to take your eyes off him as he summoned up the hateful but irresistible Jimmy Porter.”

Best Female Performance

  • Abigail Davies as Delia Derbyshire in Standing Wave by Nicola McCartney – Tron Theatre / Reeling & Writhing production. 

  • Suzanne Donaldson as Baby in Baby Doll by Tennessee Williams – Citizens Theatre Company Glasgow production. 

  • WINNER Christine Entwisle as Lisa in The Wonderful World of Dissocia by Anthony Neilson – Edinburgh International Festival / DrumTheatre, Plymouth in association with the Tron, Glasgow production. 

  • Molly Innes as Anna in One Day All This Will Come To Nothing  – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh production. 

“Christine Entwisle’s performance was built from the ground up. Full of technical precision and forensically observed detail, this performance added a final layer of ringing emotional authenticity. Not a second was wasted on stage from end to end of an exhausting performance in which Entwisle was barely offstage at all for over two hours”. This performance was part of the play’s world premiere at the 2004 Edinburgh International Festival."

Best Ensemble

  • WINNER - Citizens Theatre for A Little Bit of Ruff Season

  • Citizens Theatre for A Whistle in the Dark

  • Perth Theatre for Oliver! 

  • Highway Diner for Works of Temporary Solace

“True ensemble playing is rare in such cash-strapped times, but here the Citizens, under the guiding hand of director/designer Kenny Miller, achieved the heroic feat of producing five plays, with four first time directors who also appeared in most of the works they weren’t overseeing. This compendium of modern classics not seen in this country since the 60s, a post-modern classic that cried real tears, and a brand new adaptation of a maverick literary masterpiece, were imbued with style, panache, elegance, charm and deadly danger.”

Best Director

  • Andy Arnold for Beckett 2: The Basement Tapes – The Arches Theatre Company, Glasgow production. 

  • Richard Baron for Look Back In Anger – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh production. 

  • WINNER Anthony Neilson for The Wonderful World of Dissocia – Edinburgh International Festival /DrumTheatre, Plymouth in association with the Tron, Glasgow production.. 

  • Sandy Thomson for Learning The Rules of Chinese Whispers – Poorboy / Crawford Arts Centre production. 

“Neilson’s direction gave us a believable and liberating look at life lived beyond sanity, one strikingly recognisable to anyone who has gone there. His challenging way of working as director and writer means his text is developing constantly during rehearsal. The resulting theatrical truthfulness, exhilaration and insights fuelled this production.”

Best Design

  • WINNER Miriam Buether for The Wonderful World of Dissocia – Edinburgh International Festival /DrumTheatre, Plymouth in association with the Tron, Glasgow production. 

  • Kai Fischer (Set and Lighting) and Rebecca Minto (Costume) for Lost Ones – Vanishing Point. 

  • Francis O’Connor (Design) and Chris Davey (Lighting) for Anna Karenina – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh production. 

  • Neil Warmington (Set) and Paul Sorley (Lights) for Knives In Hens – TAG Production. 

“Miriam Buether’s design for The Wonderful World of Dissocia was a perfectly realised wonderland, which turned so easily to nightmare and from which there seemed never to be an escape. But escape it did. Finessing the reality of a hospital ward in the play’s brutally honest second act in such a way that the fantastical characters all came tumbling back into their true focus”.

Best Music and Sound

  • Jon Beales for Laurel & Hardy – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh production. 

  • Pippa Murphy for Standing Wave – Tron Theatre / Reeling & Writhing production. 

  • WINNER Philip Pinsky for Fierce – Grid Iron Production. 

  • Allan Tall for Zlata’s Diary – Communicado Theatre Company. 

“Philip Pinsky’s constantly inventive score played with sound in a live set that took the audience from supermarket to suburb in an expletive-laced onslaught of rap-based urban beats, driving the story on with in-your-face ingenuity.” Fierce centered on a group of teenagers who form a tag-team and develop their graffti in the grim area they live in and one of their mothers, who was only 32 years old. It contained music, sound, lyrics and dance took us into the world of a sub-culture."

Best Technical Presentation

  • WINNER Anna Karenina – Royal Lyceum Theatre. 

  • Beauty and the Beast – Byre Theatre. 

  • Beckett 2: The Basement Tapes – The Arches Theatre Glasgow. 

  • Lost Ones – Vanishing Point. 

“The production contained many flown pieces and the fantastic train that came straight down the stage at the critical moment. The speed and precision with which one scene flowed seamlessly into another was a crucial part of what made this production successful. There was clearly a great team working hard together – as there always needs to be.” The play was adapted by John Clifford from the novel by Leo Tolstoy and was directed by Muriel Romanes."

Best Production for Children and Young People

  • WINNER Beauty And The Beast – Cumbernauld Theatre. 

  • Cyrano – Catherine Wheels Theatre Company. 

  • Tam O’Shanter – Wee Stories Theatre Company. 

  • The Emperor’s New Kilt – Wee Stories Theatre Company. 

“Simon Sharkey took on Disney in more or less his own terms. Every child knows Beauty and Beast from the Disney cartoon. Simon challenged this by setting the story in the heart of a family, returning both them and the tale to the book”. Beauty And The Beast was written by Simon Sharkey who also directed it. Sharkey has just left Cumernauld Theatre to take up an appointment at the National Theatre of Scotland as Associate Director (Education), but returns briefly to Cumbernauld to direct his brand new adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen favourite The Snow Queen at Christmas."

Best New Play

  • Douglas Maxwell for If Destroyed True – Dundee Rep Ensemble/ Paines Plough Production. 

  • Nicola McCartney for Standing Wave – Tron Theatre / Reeling & Writhing production. 

  • David Greig for Pyrenees - Tron / Paines Plough production. 

  • WINNER Anthony Neilson for The Wonderful World of Dissocia – Edinburgh International Festival /DrumTheatre, Plymouth in association with the Tron, Glasgow production. 

“Anthony Neilson’s brilliant and troubling play was as much surreal pantomime as high-minded drama. But behind the corny comedy and Alice in Wonderland dreamscape was a subtle meditation on the nature of mental illness. It started off funny and ended desperately, movingly sad”. Although this play is not published yet other Neilson plays are published by Methuen."

Best Production

  • Laurel & Hardy – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. 

  • Learning the Rules of Chinese Whispers – Poorboy/Crawford Arts Centre production. 

  • Look Back In Anger – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. 

  • WINNER The Wonderful World of Dissocia – Edinburgh International Festival /DrumTheatre, Plymouth in association with the Tron, Glasgow production.

 

“It’s extraordinary for one production to sweep the board so comprehensively – but then it was an extraordinary production which richly imagined an important subject, using all the power of the theatre. It would be impossible to imagine this in another medium” Speaking from the Scottish Theatre Festival in Florence, Neilson expressed his delight at the success of the production. “In every town, on every street, there are heroic men and women that battle with their own minds on a day-to-day basis. They are heroes and Dissocia is dedicated to them.”

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

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