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2006

Winners and Nominations

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Best Male Performance

  • WINNER - Liam Brennan as Odon von Horvath in Tales from Hollywood by Christopher Hampton – Perth Theatre. 

  • Dugald Bruce-Lockhart as Mephistopheles in Goethe’s Faust Parts One & Two adapted by John Clifford - Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. 

  • Andrew Clark as various characters in The Devil’s Larder – Grid Iron. 

  • Tommy Mullins as Rob in Stacy by Jack Thorne – Hush Productions. 

“As the poet and Hollywood screenwriter Odon von Horvarth, Liam gave a typically understated performance. Rather than indulge in cheap theatrics, Brennan’s hangdog approach never slipped into cliche, but instead gave a brilliantly sustained portrayal of a vulnerable but never sentimental man given a close up view of a wild and crazy world.”

Best Female Performance

  • Carol Ann Crawford as Mill in Further than the Furthest Thing by Zinnie Harris – Prime Productions. 

  • WINNERCara Kelly as Molly Sweeney in Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel – The Citizens Theatre Company. 

  • Jill Riddiford as Deborah in A Kind Of Alaska by Harold Pinter – The Arches Theatre Company, Glasgow. 

  • Cath Whitefield as Anna in Witch/Stepmother in Home: East Lothian by Gill Robertson – National Theatre of Scotland in partnership with The Brunton and East Lothian Council. 

“In Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney, directed by Gregory Thompson for the Citizens, Glasgow, Cara Kelly starred as a blind woman traumatised to the point of insanity when she is given some limited vision. It was a mesmerising performance, warm-hearted, generous and tragic.”

Best Ensemble

  • The cast of The Devil’s Larder – Grid Iron. 

  • WINNERThe cast of Roam – Grid Iron/ National Theatre of Scotland. 

  • The cast of Tales from Hollywood – Perth Theatre. 

  • The cast of Ubu the King Dundee Rep/ Tron/BITE:05/Barbican/Young Vic. 

“Staged at Edinburgh Airport, Grid Iron’s and National Theatre of Scotland’s Roam, contained a multi-national ensemble performance of both professionals and amateurs, which entranced, aroused and transported us into worlds of flight as they recreated its romance and frustration, or by it escaped to freedom or holidays.”

Best Director

  • Ian Grieve for Tales from Hollywood – Perth Theatre. 

  • Ben Harrison for The Devil’s Larder – Grid Iron. 

  • Jemima Levick for A Christmas Carol – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. 

  • WINNERGregory Thompson for Molly Sweeney – The Citizens Theatre, Glasgow. 

“If humanity is our business then there can have been be no finer place to go than to the Citizens? Circle Studio, where rising star director Gregory Thompson presented an utterly memorable and almost frighteningly profound production of Brian Friel’s great 1994 play Molly Sweeney.”

Best Design

  • Tom Piper for Ubu the King – Dundee Rep / Tron / BITE:’05 / Barbican / Young Vic. 

  • WINNERKaren Tennent for Home: East Lothian, National Theatre of Scotland in partnership with The Brunton and East Lothian Council. 

  • Clifton Doliver (set) and Joan Hickson (costume) for Roam, Grid Iron/National Theatre of Scotland. 

  • Philip Witcomb for Cinderella, Dundee Rep. 

Best Music and Sound

  • David Paul Jones for The Devil’s Larder – Grid Iron. 

  • WINNERHugh Nankivell for Home: Shetland – National Theatre of Scotland in Partnership with the Shetland Islands Council. 

  • Philip Pinsky for Roam – Grid Iron/National Theatre of Scotland. 

  • Robert Pettigrew for Nighthawks – A Play, A Pie and A Pint. 

“Hugh Nankivell’s poignant use of music and sound was beautifully attuned to Wils Wilson’s atmospheric production. The sound of Scottish fiddle music emanating from the chests of ghost-like work suits was as memorable as it was original.”

Best Technical Presentation

  • Falling – Poorboy/National Theatre of Scotland. 

  • Faust, Parts 1 and 2 – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. 

  • Kind Hearts and Coronets – Pitlochry Festival Theatre. 

  • WINNERRoam – Grid Iron/National Theatre of Scotland. 

“Best technical presentation is a category that becomes more and more exciting each year as all the world becomes a stage. Winner, Roam by Grid Iron/National Theatre Scotland turned a logistical nightmare into a technical dream.”

Best Production for Children and Young People

  • Cinderella – Dundee Rep. 

  • Dr Korczak’s Example – Dundee Rep. 

  • WINNERHome: East Lothian – National Theatre of Scotland in partnership with the Brunton and East Lothian Council.. 

  • Mancub – Vanishing Point. 

“Home: East Lothian took a familiar fairy-tale – Hansel and Gretel – and quite literally turned it out-of-doors into a dank November woodland. The Result? Site-specific theatre that was state of the art make-believe, a brilliantly scarey adventure for children and their adults.”

Best New Play

  • WINNERBlackbird by David Harrower – Edinburgh International Festival. 

  • Goethe’s Faust, Parts 1 and 2 adaptaed by John Clifford – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. 

  • The Importance of Being Alfred by Louise Welsh – A Play, A Pie and A Pint. 

  • Wired by Davey Anderson – A Play, A Pie and A Pint. 

“In Blackbird, David Harrower dared to bring the taboo subject of paedophilia to the stage – and contrived to do so in a manner which was at once meaningful, mature and challanging, but which refused to give an inch to those who thrive on moral panic and outrage. All four of the nominated plays looked at some aspect of the relationship between sex and power. Harrower not only did so most profoundly, addressing issues that our society is usually incapable of perceiving with anything apart from hysteria while maintaining a deeply moral stance, but he also gifted to his actors and their audiences a pair of characters of great depth and sophistication.”

Best Production

  • Blackbird – Edinburgh International Festival. 

  • Faust Parts 1 & 2 – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. 

  • Molly Sweeney – The Citizens Theatre, Glasgow. 

  • Home: East Lothian – Catherine Wheels, National Theatre of Scotland production. 

  • WINNERRoam – Grid Iron/ National Theatre of Scotland production. 

“2006 has been a good year for theatre not in theatres and for the new Natonal Theatre of Scotland. So it’s not entirely surprising that the winning production combines those two. Roam was hugely ambitious in every sense – as a play not just an event in an unusual venue – and despite enormous difficulties, Grid Iron pulled it off. But they would not have been able to work on thsi scale without the support of the NTS. A good result all round.”

The awards panel consisted of: Mary Brennan, Mark Brown, Alan Chadwick, Neil Cooper, Steve Cramer, Shona Craven, Robert Dawson Scott, Thom Dibdin, Mark Fisher, Thelma Good, Sarah Jones, Joyce McMillan and Joy Watters.

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