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The Judging Process and Criteria

Who are the judges?

To be a CATS judge, a critic should:

  • review theatre created in Scotland in print, on radio or TV, or online.

  • write reviews throughout the year.

  • see theatre across Scotland, not just in one town. (An exception may be made in the case of a critic with knowledge of an underrepresented area.)

  • see professional theatre of all scales and types. (An exception may be made in the case of a critic with knowledge of an underrepresented genre.)

  • see a high enough percentage of all professional theatre made in Scotland to make a meaningful contribution to the judging meeting.

  • be professional about their role as a critic whether or not they are paid for their work.

  • pay a small annual fee as a contribution towards CATS running costs.

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How are the judges selected?
  • Membership is by invitation from the CATS judges.

  • The judges appoint a membership officer whose job is to ensure that new judges are proposed to the existing judging panel in line with the criteria above. The membership officer’s recommendations are discussed at a meeting that takes place soon after the annual CATS ceremony. 

  • It is expected that all newspapers, magazines and websites with regular, high quality, nationwide coverage of theatre made in Scotland should be represented on the CATS panel.

  • There is no limit on the number of judges. 

  • Judges are invited on a non-discriminatory basis and in line with equal opportunities legislation.

How long do they remain a judge?
  • There is no limit to the length of time a judge may remain a member.

  • If a judge’s circumstances change and they no longer meet the membership criteria above, they will be required to step down, either permanently or temporarily.

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