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Ex-NTS chief Vicky Featherstone celebrated by Scottish critics

Vicky Featherstone with David Tennant at the CATS in 2005. Photo: CATS
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Vicky Featherstone is to be awarded a special CATS Whiskers award at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, at Edinburgh’s Traverse theatre this weekend.

Featherstone has been recognised for her work as the founding artistic director of the National Theatre of Scotland, from where she has now moved on to the Royal Court. She will be only the second recipient of the award, which celebrates an outstanding achievement in Scottish theatre not already reflected through the other award categories.

Joyce McMillan, chair of the CATS, said: “Vicky has made an outstanding contribution to Scottish Theatre. Under her guidance, the National Theatre of Scotland has grown into an internationally acclaimed institution.

“We believe that Vicky made an absolutely brilliant job of a historic and immensely complex task, particularly in taking on – and making her own – the idea of a national theatre ‘without walls’. It is difficult to imagine any other director who could have led the NTS through its opening years with such a combination of skill, creativity, and real, passionate engagement with Scotland and its stories.”

Vicky Featherstone will be presented with the award at a ceremony on Sunday June 9, when the ten regular CATS awards will also be announced. The event will coincide with the Traverse Theatre’s 50th anniversary party. Long time Traverse associate, playwright John Byrne, will be the guest presenter.

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