Dundee Rep and Royal Lyceum head up 2017 CATS winners

Billy Mack won best male performance award at the 2017 CATS for his performance as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman at Dundee Rep. Photo: Jane Hobson
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Dundee Rep and the Lyceum in Edinburgh have emerged as the biggest victors at the 2017 Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland.

Dundee Rep’s Death of a Salesman won the most awards of any production, with three individual prizes, while three shows at the Lyceum won in their categories. The two companies have now won 22 times each in the CATS’ 15-year history.

Death of Salesman took home best production, the best ensemble award and the best male performance award for Billy Mack’s turn as Willy Loman.

Theatre critic and CATS co-convenor Joyce McMillan described it as a “beautiful, memorable and heart-breaking production”.

She said: “The Rep used superb design and sound to set one of the 20th century’s greatest plays in its full historical context, while always remaining fully focused on the profound and enduring human tragedy at the heart of the story.”

The only other show to win more than one award was Black Beauty, a co-production between independent producer Red Bridge and the Traverse Theatre Company, which took home the award for best production for children and young people. The best design prize went to Shona Reppe and lighting designer Simon Wilkinson for their work on the show.

Best female performance went to Nicole Cooper for her take on Coriolanus in a gender-reversed production staged by Glasgow’s Bard in the Botanics.

Zinnie Harris, winner of last year’s best new play for This Restless House, won best direction for her work on Caryl Churchill’s A Number at the Lyceum. Kieran Hurley won the best new play award for Heads Up.

The awards were presented in a ceremony at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre on June 11. The judging panel, made up of 15 of Scotland’s leading theatre critics, considered 163 individual productions, including 84 new scripts and 33 aimed at children and young people.

2017 CATS award winners in full

Best male performance
Billy Mack, Death of a Salesman, Dundee Rep Ensemble

Best female performance
Nicole Cooper, Coriolanus, Bard in the Botanics

Best ensemble
Death of a Salesman, Dundee Rep Ensemble

Best director
Zinnie Harris for A Number, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in partnership with Edinburgh International Science Festival

Best design
Shona Reppe (designer) and Simon Wilkinson (lighting designer), Black Beauty, Red Bridge and Traverse Theatre Company

Best music and sound
Pippa Murphy (sound designer), Karine Polwart (composer and musical director), Ben Seal (live sound) and Mark Whyles (live sound), Wind Resistance, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in association with Edinburgh International Festival

Best technical presentation
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

Best production for children and young people
Black Beauty, Red Bridge and Traverse Theatre Company

Best new play
Heads Up by Kieran Hurley, Show and Tell and Kieran Hurley

Best production
Death of a Salesman, Dundee Rep Ensemble