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Double hat-trick for Glasgow Citizens at Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland

Scene from This Restless House at Citizens Theatre, Glasgow. Photo: Tim Morozzo
A scene from This Restless House at Citizens Theatre, Glasgow. Photo: Tim Morozzo
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Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre has scooped six prizes at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, where the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh's production of Waiting for Godot took the best production gong.

Waiting for Godot, the company's 50th anniversary production, also scooped best ensemble for its cast, including Brian Cox, Bill Paterson, John Bett and Benny Young.

Describing it as "one of the triumphs of the Scottish theatre calendar", CATS co-convenor Mark Fisher said: "Mark Thomson’s lucid, precisely choreographed production got under the skin of a modern classic, ensuring it was not just a star vehicle for two very well-known actors, but a full-blooded ensemble performance."

Glasgow's Citizens Theatre won six of the 10 awards, given out at a ceremony at the Royal Lyceum on June 12, hosted by Daniela Nardini and Sanjeev Kohli.

These were evenly split between two shows that were also in contention for best production: the National Theatre of Scotland co-production of This Restless House and the Edinburgh International Festival co-production of Lanark: A Life in Three Acts.

Zinnie Harris won best play for This Restless House, a re-imagining of Aeschylus' Oresteia trilogy, with Pauline Knowles getting best female performance for her role as Clytemnestra. Citizens' artistic director, Dominic Hill, picked up his sixth CATS best director prize for the production.

Sandy Grierson won a best male performance award for the second time, with his depiction of Lanark/Duncan Thaw in the adaptation of Alasdair Gray's epic novel.

Laura Hopkins, Nigel Edwards and Simon Wainwright were given the best design award for making the "seemingly impossible, possible," and the production also won the award for best technical presentation.

The fourth nominee for best production, the NTS production of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, won best music and sound award, bringing the company's tally of CATS wins to 30.

Borderline Theatre won the award for best production for children and young people for its co-production with the Gaiety Theatre of Rob Drummond's Uncanny Valley.

As was previously announced, a special CATS Whiskers award went to Muriel Romanes, who recently stepped down as long-term artistic director of Stellar Quines Theatre Company.


The 2016 CATS winners in full

CATS Whiskers
Muriel Romanes, outgoing artistic director of Stellar Quines Theatre Company

Best male performance
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

Best female performance
Pauline Knowles (Clytemnestra), This Restless House, Citizens Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland

Best ensemble
Waiting for Godot, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Best director
Dominic Hill, This Restless House, Citizens Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland

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

Best music and sound
Martin Lowe (music arranger and supervisor), Mike Walker (sound designer), the band and cast, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, National Theatre of Scotland and Live Theatre.

Best technical presentation
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
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
Zinnie Harris, This Restless House, Citizens Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland

Best production
Waiting for Godot, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

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