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Crime and Punishment wins big at CATS

Adam Best in Crime and Punishment. Photo: Citizens
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Dominic Hill’s production of Crime and Punishment was the big winner at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, held at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow today.

Picking up four awards, including best production, the co-production between the Citizens, the Edinburgh Lyceum and Liverpool Everyman, also gave director Hill his fourth best director award.

The production, an adaptation by Chris Hannan, also took two of the acting awards, with Adam Best taking best male performance for his depiction of Raskolnikov and the production winning best ensemble.

Blythe Duff took the best female performance award for the second consecutive year. The former Taggart star was recognised for her performance in Ciara, produced by Edinburgh’s Traverse. The role was written for her by David Harrower, who also picked up the best new play gong for his effort.

Best production for children and young people was won by Shona Reppe and Andy Manley for their theatrical installation Huff, produced by Catherine Wheels, which is a retelling of the story of the Three Little Pigs.

Two extra awards were given at the ceremony. The Imaginate Festival was given a Cats Whiskers award in recognition of the 25 years it has been championing theatre for children in Scotland where it is seen as being responsible for the success of that sector.

Writer and artist John Byrne also presented his own inaugural “Billy” award, named for the actor Billy McColl who first played Phil McCann in Byrne’s The Slab Boys and died earlier this year. Recognising a young actor who has “made a memorable impact on Scottish theatre in the past year”, the award went to Jessica Hardwick, for her performances as Sonya in Crime And Punishment, and Christine in the Citizens’ recent production of Miss Julie.

The 2014 CATS winners in full:

Best male performance

Adam Best (Raskolnikov) for Crime and Punishment, Citizens Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Best female performance

Blythe Duff (Ciara), for Ciara, Traverse Theatre Company and Datum Point Productions

Best ensemble

Crime and Punishment, Citizens Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Best director

Dominic Hill, for Crime and Punishment, Citizens Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Best design

Christopher Doyle and Shiona McCubbin (cinematographers), Mike Brookes (lighting designer) and Stewart Laing, Nick Millar, Robbie Thomson and Jack Wrigley (designers), Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner – an Untitled Projects in co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland, Tramway and Summerhall

Best music and sound

James Fortune and the band, Mark Melville and Andrew Kirkby, The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler, Vanishing Point and the National Theatre of Scotland presented in association with Eden Court

Best technical presentation

Dragon, Vox Motus, National Theatre of Scotland and the Tianjin People’s Art Theatre, China

Best production for children and young people

Huff, Shona Reppe and Andy Manley, produced by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company

Best new play

David Harrower, Ciara, Traverse Theatre Company and Datum Point Productions

Best production

Crime and Punishment, Citizens Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

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