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Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh wins big at Scottish theatre awards

Grant-O-Rourke a Tonino and James Anthony Pearson as Lelio in The Venetian Twins.Photo: Alan-McCredie.

Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre has dominated at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland, winning in six categories.

The Lyceum picked up four gongs for its production of Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle, including best production and best direction for Mark Thomson in his penultimate year as the theatre's artistic director.

Amy Manson who played Grusha won the best female performance award for the second time, while the company also got the best ensemble gong.

Grant O’Rourke took the best male performance gong for his double role as Zanetto and Tonino in The Venetian Twins and the theatre's revival of Sue Glover's Bondagers garnered best design awards for Jamie Vartan and Simon Wilkinson.

Elsewhere, theatre company Catherine Wheels claimed its sixth best production for children and young people award, for The Voice Thief, which it has just announced it is reviving at the Edinburgh fringe.

Best new play went to Martin McCormick for Squash, an A Play, a Pie and a Pint production presented by the Traverse Theatre Company.

Judges also issued a special CATS Whiskers award to Glasgow-based youth company Junction 25, "for outstanding achievement in pioneering and high-quality work by young people”.

The awards were presented at Glasgow's Tron theatre today (June 14).

The CATS winners in full:

Best male performance

Grant O'Rourke (Zanetto and Tonino), The Venetian Twins, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Best female performance

Amy Manson (Grusha), The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Best ensemble

The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Best director

Mark Thomson, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Best design

Jamie Vartan (designer) and Simon Wilkinson (lighting designer), Bondagers, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Best music and sound

Tyler Collins (musician), Gameli Tordzro (musician) and Matt Padden (sound design) Last Dream (On Earth), Kai Fischer in association with National Theatre of Scotland and Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Best technical presentation

Slope, Untitled Projects in partnership with KILTR, Citizens Theatre and Traverse Theatre Company

Best production for children and young people

The Voice Thief, Catherine Wheels Theatre Company

Best new play

Martin McCormick, Squash, A Play, a Pie and a Pint presented by the Traverse Theatre Company

Best production

The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

CATS' whiskers award

For outstanding achievement in pioneering and high-quality work by young people, Junction 25 on its tenth anniversary.

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