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2008

Winners and Nominations

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Best Male Performance

  • Tam Dean Burn in Venus As A Boy, NTS Workshop and Burnt Goods

  • Sean Campion as Gregor in Carthage Must Be Destroyed, Traverse Theatre

  • WINNER - Keith Fleming and Gerry Mulgrew as Peer Gynt in Peer Gynt, Dundee Rep/NTS

  • Michael Glenn Murphy as John in Shining City, Rapture Theatre

“Two brilliant actors for the price of one, Fleming and Mulgrew were an astounding combination as the young and old Peer Gynt making light and joyful work of Ibsen’s demanding play. Fleming played the unkempt, rough-shaven and shameless reprobate with tremendous energy, replaced as the show went on by Mulgrew as his mellower, mature self. Either one of them would have merited an award on his own. In combination they were irresistible."

Best Female Performance

  • Kirsty Bushell as Harper in Angels In America, Citizens Theatre/Headlong/Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

  • WINNER Amy Manson as The Stepdaughter in Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Royal Lyceum Theatre/Citizens Theatre/NTS

  • Alison Peebles as Winnie in Happy Days, Dundee Rep

  • Sally Reid as Norma in The Wall, Borderline Theatre

“Amy Manson played the role of the step-daughter with a power, nuance and emotional range which emphasised her character’s central place in Pirandello’s play. Her performance achieved the difficult balance between reflecting her character’s anger and pain at her life experiences and her frustration at being a mere ‘character’. She shone in the midst of a fine ensemble.”

Best Ensemble

  • Peer Gynt Dundee Rep/NTS

  • Sleeping Beauty King’s Theatre, Glasgow

  • Sunshine On Leith Dundee Rep

  • WINNER The Wall Borderline Theatre

“What was so astonishing about the cast was the confidence with which such a young group of actors handled material that required vigorous discipline in its comic delivery. The sense of playful engagement with the text was tempered by this admirable professionalism, in which each actor presented perfect solos before rejoining the ensemble in perfect harmony.”

Best Director

  • James Brining for Sunshine On Leith, Dundee Rep

  • Andy Cannon and Iain Johnstone for The Emperor’s New Kilt, Wee Stories/NTS

  • WINNER Dominic Hill for Peer Gynt, Dundee Rep/NTS

  • Daniel Kramer for Angels In America, Citizens Theatre/Headlong/ Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

“Peer Gynt is famously “the unstageable play”, with reindeer hunts along mountain ridges, shipwrecks, mountain trolls, and a host of other challenges. Dominic Hill showed that far from being unstageable, if you trusted Ibsen’s own theatrical instincts and thought hard enough about it, it was there for the taking. Directors sometimes attempt to wrestle classic texts to the floor. Here Dominic worked with Ibsen to find a way through the difficulties and produce one of the most dazzling pieces of inspired and consistent theatrical invention.”

Best Design

  • Becky Minto for The Emperor’s New Kilt, Wee Stories/NTS

  • Soutra Gilmour, Charles Balfour and Mark Bouman for Angels in America, Citizens Theatre/Headlong/Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

  • WINNER Naomi Wilkinson for Peer Gynt, Dundee Rep/NTS

  • Sans façon for Walden, Magnetic North at Stills Gallery

“Naomi Wilkinson’s all consuming vision for the design of Peer Gynt created an appropriately massive area for a hugely inventive production. She was perfectly in tune with the re-interpretation of the piece, stripping back the stage to create a vast arena which extended in all directions, memorably upwards to create an unforgettable vision of Peer himself, perched high above the earth on a stairway into the gods.”

Best Music and Sound

  • Hilary Brooks for Sunshine On Leith, Dundee Rep

  • Paddy Cunneen for Peer Gynt, Dundee Rep/NTS

  • WINNER Alasdair Macrae for Subway, Vanishing Point

  • David Trouton for The Emperor’s New Kilt, Wee Stories/NTS

“Stumbling on a crazy bar band abroad probably isn’t a unique experience for curious cultural tourists these days. Incorporating them into one of the theatrical highlights of the year, as Vanishing Point did in Subway, however, is another matter. Under the musical direction of Alasdair Macrae, the seven piece band – Etno Classic – provided much more than a soundtrack. Instead, the Kosovan whirligig of keening laments, giddy Klezma and manic chases itself became a character in a dystopian study of some future Leith, brilliantly performed by Sandy Grierson and Rosalind Sydney. The result was evocative, infectious and one of the most creative uses of live music in theatre for years.”

Best Technical Presentation

  • WINNER Angels In America Citizens Theatre/Headlong/Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

  • The Bacchae NTS/Edinburgh International Festival

  • Half Life NVA/NTS at Kilmartin, Mid Argyll

  • Sunshine On Leith Dundee Rep

“Producing a two-part, seven-and-a-half-hour drama demands a technical team with plenty of stamina, but the epic Angels in America poses some unique challenges. Daniel Kramer’s production for Citizens Theatre Company, Headlong Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith involved countless seamlessly executed scene changes, not to mention dramatic entrances by celestial beings among many spine-tingling moments. That this perfectly-paced production unfolded so smoothly is testament to the tremendous skill and hard work of those behind the scenes.”

Best Production for Children and Young People

  • Cinderella MacRobert, Stirling

  • WINNER The Emperor’s New Kilt Wee Stories/NTS

  • Jack And The Beanstalk Dundee Rep

  • The Wizard Of Oz Royal Lyceum Theatre

“Wee Stories stepped out onto the big stage, with a little help from the National Theatre of Scotland, in a brilliantly realised retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy story. This was just a wonder to watch as the company drew their audience in, delivering them to a place where anything could happen. The joy of the production was the way that it transformed the intimate art of storytelling onto the big stage.. A stunning piece of theatre on any level.”

Best New Play

  • Being Norwegian by David Greig, A Play, A Pie and A Pint/Paines Plough

  • WINNER Carthage Must Be Destroyed by Alan Wilkins, Traverse Theatre

  • Educating Agnes by Liz Lochhead, Theatre Babel

  • The Wall by DC Jackson, Borderline Theatre

“A mature, meaty, engrossing drama about power, politics and decadence, Alan Wilkins Carthage Must Be Destroyed was a gripping indictment of the corruptions of Empire. Focusing on the waging of a phony war for political and financial gain all too relevant in today’s climate, its vipers nest of spin doctors, pragmatic politcos and on-message opportunists, on the make and on the take, could easily be imagined skulking in the corridors of power from Whitehall to Capitol Hill. As such it provided a timely and surefooted lesson in how historical drama can be used to hold a mirror up to our own troubled times."

Best Production

  • Angels In America Citizens Theatre/Headlong/Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

  • The Emperor’s New Kilt Wee Stories/NTS

  • WINNER Peer Gynt Dundee Rep/NTS

  • Sunshine On Leith Dundee Rep

“From the moment when I was crossing the street towards the theatre, that night in Dundee, and saw a huge party limousine full of wild, karaoke-singing wedding-guests pulling up outside the Rep, I knew that this was going to be one of those rare productions that transforms a revered classic into a real play for today, while remaining absolutely true to the spirit of the original. The production also stands as a tremendous reminder of what an ensemble company of actors can achieve, when they have been working together for long enough to establish huge levels of trust with each other and with the audience – tremendous heights of imagination and daring, inspiration and brilliance!”

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