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Alan Cumming’s Macbeth among CATS nominees

Alan Cumming in Macbeth. Photo: Manuel Harlan
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Alan Cumming in his solo version of Macbeth has received one of eight nominations for the National Theatre of Scotland at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland, announced today.

The NTS' nominations range across six shows. Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum also has eight nominations, but across five shows. The Glasgow Citizens and Edinburgh's Traverse both have six nominations across three shows.

Joyce McMillan, co-convenor of the CATS, said: "With more than 20 companies represented on our nominations list - and work performed everywhere from Brae in Shetland to Hawick in the Borders - we are delighted to be able to reflect the astonishing diversity and range of Scotland's theatre scene."

No single production has emerged ahead of the field. The largest number of nominations for a single production go to Rob Drummond's Quiz Show at the Traverse with four. Seafarer at Perth Theatre and Krapps Last Tape/Footfalls at the Citizens both get three nominations.

Companies which have not previously been in contention at the CATS include the Gilded Balloon in Edinburgh, with Grant O'Rourke in The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs up against Cumming for best male performance. Glasgow's Random Accomplice has nominations for best children's and best technical presentation for its touring production of The Incredible Adventures of See Thru Sam.

The new Borders-based Firebrand Theatre Company company also receives its first nomination, with Blyth Duff in contention for best female performance for her role in the company's revival of Iron. The final first-timer is Claire Cunningham, whose Menage a Trois is nominated for best design and best technical.

Speaking of the growing importance of new work in Scotland, McMillan added: "Almost half of our 2013 nominations involve brand new work created by Scottish-based theatre artists over the last year, and that is a tremendous tribute to the vitality of Scotland's theatre scene, and to its terrific future potential."

Around 180 pieces of new professional theatre work produced in Scotland in the year to May 1 were considered for the Awards, of which 106 were new plays/scripts and 36 were created for children and young people.

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at Edinburgh's Traverse theatre on June 9.

The nominations in full were:

Best male performance

Alan Cumming (all parts), Macbeth, National Theatre of Scotland

Gerard Murphy (Krapp), Krapp's Last Tape, Citizens Theatre Company, Glasgow

Grant O'Rourke (Mike Daisey), The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

Iain Robertson (Eddie), Takin' Over the Asylum, a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

 

Best female performance – sponsored by STV

Maureen Beattie (Narrator), The List, Stellar Quines, Edinburgh

Eileen Walsh (Sandra), Quiz Show, Traverse Theatre Company, Edinburgh

Blythe Duff (Fay Black), Iron, Firebrand Theatre Company in association with Heart of Hawick

Amy Manson (Nora Vaughan), A Doll's House, a co-production between the National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

 

Best ensemble – sponsored by Equity

The Guid Sisters, a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Edinburgh and the National Theatre of Scotland

The Seafarer, a co-production between Perth Theatre and the Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Takin' Over the Asylum, a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Edinburgh and the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Time and the Conways, a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Edinburgh and Dundee Rep Ensemble

 

Best director

Dominic Hill, Krapp's Last Tape/Footfalls, Citizens Theatre Company, Glasgow

Stewart Laing, The Maids, Citizens Theatre Company, Glasgow

Rachel O'Riordan, The Seafarer, a co-production between Perth Theatre and the Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Hamish Pirie, Quiz Show, Traverse Theatre Company, Edinburgh

 

Best design

Kai Fischer (set), Entartet, Kai Fischer developed in association with Vanishing Point, Glasgow and the CCA, Glasgow

Ti Green (set) and Mark Doubleday (lighting), Time and the Conways, a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Edinburgh and Dundee Rep Ensemble

Rachana Jadhav (set), Karsten Tinapp (lighting), Kevin Pollard (costume) and Gail Sneddon (concept and video), Ménage à Trois, Claire Cunningham in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland

Charlotte Lane (set), Sergey Jakovsky (lighting), Ulysses, Tron Theatre Company, Glasgow in association with Project Arts Centre, Dublin and the Everyman, Cork

 

Best music and sound

Hilary Brooks, Irving Berlin's White Christmas: The Musical, Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Hugh Nankivell, Ignition, National Theatre of Scotland in association with Shetland Arts

John Sampson, A Taste of Honey, Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Edinburgh

Greg Sinclair, Sonata for a Man and a Boy, Greg Sinclair and the macrobert, Stirling

 

Best technical presentation – sponsored by Northern Light

Wonderland, a co-production between Vanishing Point, Glasgow, Fondazione Campagnia Dei Festival - Napoli Teatro Festival Italia and Tramway, Glasgow in association with Eden Court, Inverness

Ménage à Trois, Claire Cunningham in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland

The Incredible Adventures of See Thru Sam, Random Accomplice, Glasgow

The Guid Sisters, a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Edinburgh and the National Theatre of Scotland

 

Best show for children and young people

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, National Theatre of Scotland

The Incredible Adventures of See Thru Sam, Random Accomplice,

Sonata for a Man and a Boy, Greg Sinclair and the macrobert, Stirling

The Ugly Duckling, created by Andy Manley, a co-production between the Arches, Glasgow and Catherine Wheels

 

Best new play – sponsored by W&P Longreach 

Rob Drummond, Quiz Show, Traverse Theatre Company, Edinburgh

Linda McLean, Sex & God, Magnetic North, produced in association with Platform, Glasgow

Douglas Maxwell, A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity, a co-production between A Play, a Pie and a Pint, Glasgow and the Traverse Theatre Company, Edinburgh

Morna Pearson, The Artist Man and the Mother Woman, Traverse Theatre Company, Edinburgh

 

Best production

Irving Berlin's White Christmas: The Musical, Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Krapp's Last Tape/Footfalls, Citizens Theatre Company, Glasgow

The List, Stellar Quines, Edinburgh

Quiz Show, Traverse Theatre Company, Edinburgh

The Seafarer, a co-production between Perth Theatre and the Lyric Theatre, Belfast

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