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Glasgow Citizens leads Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland nominations

Sandy Grierson and Jessica Hardwick in Lanark. Photo: Eoin Carey Sandy Grierson and Jessica Hardwick in Lanark: A Life in Three Acts, which receives five CATS nominations. Photo: Eoin Carey
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The Glasgow Citizens dominates the shortlist for this year’s Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, with 12 nominations for four productions.

The 2016 CATS contain nominations for 20 productions across its 10 categories, with half these being concentrated in only five shows.

Sandy Grierson receives his third nomination in the CATS’ best male performer category for his performance in the title role of Lanark: A Life in Three Acts. The Citizens co-production with the Edinburgh International Festival receives five nods, including best production.

Pauline Knowles gains her first CATS nomination for her performance as Clytemnestra in This Restless House. A co-production by Citizens and the National Theatre of Scotland, This Restless House receives a total of five nods, including for Zinnie Harris, who adapted it from Aeschylus’ Oresteia, and Dominic Hill, his eighth nomination for best director.

Two productions from the 50th-anniversary season of Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum made it on to the list. Four nods go to Waiting for Godot, including best ensemble and best director for Mark Thomson. The Iliad receives just one nomination, which goes to Emmanuella Cole for her performance as Hera.

A major co-producer, the National Theatre of Scotland receives a total of eight nominations for three productions. Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, co-produced with Live Theatre, receives three nods: for best ensemble, best music and sound, and best production.

Vision Mechanics gains three nominations for its installation performance piece Drift.

Glasgow’s lunchtime theatre specialists A Play, a Pie and a Pint receives four nods for two productions. Descent, written by Linda Duncan McLaughlin, and Ring Road, by Anita Vettesse, are both shortlisted for best play. Barry Hunter receives a nod for his performance in Descent and Angela Darcy for hers in Ring Road.

With 12 of the nominated shows staged as co-productions, CATS co-convenor Joyce McMillan said: “Theatre is a collaborative endeavour, and once again we have seen some incredibly fruitful partnerships both within and outwith Scotland.

“This year, a co-production between Scotland and Norway is nominated in three categories and, extending the boundaries further, two co-commissions from the Edinburgh International Science Festival make the shortlist for best production for children and young people.”

Now in its 14th year, the CATS are awarded by Scotland’s theatre critics to celebrate the best Scottish theatre achievements in the year May to April. This year, there were 179 eligible productions, with 100 eligible for the best new play award and 18 for the best production for children and young people award.

The CATS will be presented at a ceremony at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, on June 12.

 

The CATS 2015-16 nominations in full

Best male performance

  • Cliff Burnett (Franz Stangl), Into That Darkness, Citizens Theatre
  • Sandy Grierson (Lanark/Duncan Thaw), Lanark: A Life in Three Acts, Citizens Theatre and the Edinburgh International Festival in association with Graham Eatough and Sorcha Dallas
  • Paul Higgins (Ray), Blackbird, Citizens Theatre
  • Barrie Hunter (Bob), Descent, produced by A Play, a Pie and a Pint, presented by the Traverse Theatre Company, in association with Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival

Best female performance

  • Maureen Beattie (Juliette), Right Now, Traverse Theatre Company, Theatre Royal Bath Ustinov Studio and Bush Theatre
  • Emmanuella Cole (Hera), The Iliad, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
  • Angela Darcy (Lisa) Ring Road, A Play, a Pie and a Pint, produced in association with the Traverse Theatre Company
  • Pauline Knowles (Clytemnestra), This Restless House, Citizens Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland

Best ensemble

  • Great Expectations, Horsecross Arts and Dundee Rep Ensemble
  • Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, National Theatre of Scotland and Live Theatre
  • Purposeless Movements, Birds of Paradise Theatre Company
  • Waiting for Godot, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Best director

  • Dominic Hill, This Restless House, Citizens Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland
  • Jemima Levick, Great Expectations, Horsecross Arts and Dundee Rep Ensemble
  • Robert Softley Gale, Purposeless Movements, Birds of Paradise Theatre Company
  • Mark Thomson, Waiting for Godot, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Best design

  • Laura Hopkins (designer), Nigel Edwards (lighting designer) and Simon Wainwright (video artist), Lanark: A Life in Three Acts, Citizens Theatre and the Edinburgh International Festival in association with Graham Eatough and Sorcha Dallas
  • Adrian Barber, Kim Bergsagel, Iain Halket, Symon Macintyre, Tony Reason, Alice Wilson (designers) and Stephen Moir (assistant designer), Drift, Vision Mechanics and Nordland Visual Theatre, Stamsund, Norway
  • Becky Minto (designer) and Mike Roberston (lighting designer), Great Expectations, Horsecross Arts and Dundee Rep Ensemble
  • Michael Taylor (designer) and Mark Doubleday (lighting designer), Waiting for Godot, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Best music and sound

  • Nikola Kodjabashia (composer/sound designer), This Restless House, Citizens Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland
  • Martin Lowe (music arranger and supervisor), Mike Walker (sound designer), the band and cast, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, National Theatre of Scotland
  • Eddie Maguire (composer), Nik Paget-Tomlinson (sound design) and Niroshini Thambar (sound design), Drift, Vision Mechanics and Nordland Visual Theatre, Stamsund, Norway
  • Nick Powell (composer/sound designer), Lanark: A Life in Three Acts, Citizens Theatre and the Edinburgh International Festival in association with Graham Eatough and Sorcha Dallas

Best technical presentation

  • Beauty and the Beast, Horsecross Arts
  • Drift, Vision Mechanics and Nordland Visual Theatre, Stamsund, Norway
  • The Driver’s Seat, National Theatre of Scotland
  • Lanark: A Life in Three Acts, Citizens Theatre and the Edinburgh International Festival in association with Graham Eatough and Sorcha Dallas

Best production for children and young people

  • Little Red and the Wolf, Dundee Rep Ensemble in association with Noisemaker
  • Lost at Sea, Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, commissioned by Edinburgh International Science Festival working in partnership with Imaginate
  • Magic Sho, Shona Rep, produced by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company
  • Uncanny Valley, Borderline Theatre in co-production with the Gaiety Theatre, commissioned by Edinburgh International Science Festival working in partnership with Imaginate

Best new play

  • Descent by Linda Duncan McLaughlin
  • A Gambler’s Guide to Dying by Gary McNair
  • This Restless House by Zinnie Harris
  • Ring Road by Anita Vettesse

Best production

  • Lanark: A Life in Three Acts, Citizens Theatre and the Edinburgh International Festival in association with Graham Eatough and Sorcha Dallas
  • Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, National Theatre of Scotland and Live Theatre
  • This Restless House, Citizens Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland
  • Waiting for Godot, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

 

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