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Muriel Romanes awarded CATS Whisker award

Muriel Romanes. Photo: Eoin Carey Muriel Romanes. Photo: Eoin Carey
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Muriel Romanes is to receive a CATS Whisker award in recognition of her work to promote women in theatre.

The discretionary prize is presented at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland and recognises an outstanding contribution to theatre. It is being given to Romanes for her work as artistic director of Stellar Quines. She stepped down from the role last year.

Romanes joined Stellar Quines as a performing member of the co-operative in 1994, going on to became joint artistic director with Gerda Stevenson and Irene MacDouglas before taking over the role in her own from 2000 until early this year.

CATS co-convenor, Joyce McMillan, said: “Stellar Quines’ aim has always been to bring the energy, experience and perspective of women centre-stage, but Muriel’s vision and determination have also been a tremendous force in Scottish theatremaking as a whole.”

Jemima Levick, who has taken over as Stellar Quines’ artistic director, welcomed the award.

She told The Stage: “Muriel’s tenacity and unstinting belief in the power and importance of theatre, particularly in raising the profile of women both on stage and off, has been unwavering over the years.”

The award will presented at this years CATS at the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh on June 12.