The critics

The CATS judging panel consists of around a dozen of Scotland’s leading theatre critics. Here are the people who have been involved since 2003.

CATS judges in 2018 with guest presenter Blythe Duff. Picture Graeme Hart
  • Mary Brennan (The Herald) 2003–present
  • Irene Brown (EdinburghGuide.com) 2013–2018
  • Mark Brown (currently The Herald on Sunday, Sunday National and the Daily Telegraph, previously Scotland on Sunday) 2003-present
  • Andrew Burnet (The Sunday Herald) 2003
  • Anna Burnside (Daily Record) 2011–2014, 2016–2017
  • Dan Bye (The Stage) 2003
  • Alan Chadwick (freelance) 2003–2009
  • Paul F Cockburn (BroadwayBaby) 2016–present
  • Neil Cooper (The Herald) 2003–present
  • Michael Cox (onstagescotland.co.uk and Across the Arts) 2009–present
  • Steve Cramer (The List) 2003–2009
  • Shona Craven (onstagescotland.co.uk) 2006–2010
  • Robert Dawson Scott (The Times) 2003–2013
  • Thom Dibdin (The Stage and AllEdinburghTheatre.com, previously Edinburgh Evening News) 2003–present
  • Mark Fisher (The Guardian) 2004–present
  • Ann Fotheringham (Evening Times – Glasgow) 2003
  • Thelma Good (EdinburghGuide.com) 2003–2006
  • Joyce McMillan (Scotsman) 2003–present
  • David Pollock (The Independent) 2016–present
  • Allan Radcliffe (currently The Times, previously The List) 2011–present
  • Kenneth Speirs (Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday) 2003–2005
  • Amy Taylor (freelance, The Skinny) 2014–present
  • Sarah Urwin Jones (The Independent) 2004–2006
  • Gareth K Vile (The List, previously The Skinny) 2009–2017
  • Joy Watters (freelance, acrossthearts.co.uk) 2003–present