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Strong showing in noms for annual theatre awards

Edinburgh companies and festivals make a strong showing in the shortlist for the 2016 Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, announced today, Monday 16 May.

The shortlist features 20 different productions, nominated across ten categories. A full dozen productions have a strong Edinburgh connection, thanks to the large number of co-productions recognised.

John Bett, Brian Cox, Bill Paterson and Benny Young in Waiting for Godot. Photo Alan McCredie

John Bett, Brian Cox, Bill Paterson and Benny Young in Waiting for Godot. Photo Alan McCredie

The Traverse and the Lyceum are both involved with four productions, Catherine Wheels and the Science Festival with two each and Edinburgh-based company Vision Mechanics has one show nominated in its own right.

However the Glasgow Citizens comes away a clear leader in terms of the number of nods it receives, with a total of twelve nominations for four productions, including five for the recent This Restless House and five for Lanark: A Life in Three Acts, its co-production with the Edinburgh International Festival.

Adapted by the Lyceum’s recently appointed artistic director David Greig from Alasdair Gray’s novel, Lanark: A Life in Three Acts premiered at the Lyceum last August during the Festival.

In its 50th anniversary year, the Lyceum Theatre company has been nominated for only two productions in its own right. Waiting for Godot earned a nod for the ensemble of actors Brian Cox, Bill Paterson, John Bett and Benny Young.

Best production

Mark Thomson is nominated for best director while the design team of Michael Taylor and lighting designer Mark Doubleday get a nod for their work, while the production is in the running for best production.

Daniel Poyser and Emanuella Cole in The Iliad at the Lyceum. Photo Drew Farrell

Daniel Poyser and Emmanuella Cole in The Iliad at the Lyceum. Photo Drew Farrell

In The Iliad, Emmanuella Cole has been nominated for her performance as Hera, queen of the gods.

Also playing at the Lyceum last year, the National Theatre of Scotland’s adaptation of The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark, has been given a nod for technical presentation.

Round the corner, the Traverse is mentioned in its own right for Right Now, with a nod going to Maureen Beattie. It was also involved with two A Play, A Pie and A Pint productions Linda Duncan McLaughlin’s Descent and Anita Vettesse’s Ring Road.

It was also the venue for the National Theatre of Scotland’s produciton of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, which gets nods for the ensemble, the music and overall best production.

Science Festival

Children’s theatre specialists, Catherine Wheels, has involvement with two shows. It is a co-producer of Shona Reppe’s Magic Sho, and staged its own production of Lost At Sea during the Science Festival.

Maureen Beattie (centre) with the cast of Right Now at the Travese. Photo HelenMurray

Maureen Beattie (centre) with the cast of Right Now at the Travese. Photo HelenMurray

The Science Festival’s involvement stretches to commissioning the play in the first place. The second production it is involved with is Rob Drummond’s Uncanny Valley.

Now in its 14th year, the CATS are awarded by the theatre critics of Scotland to celebrate the best Scottish theatre achievements in the theatre year May to April. This year there were 179 eligible productions, with 100 eligible for the Best New Play award and 18 for the work for the Children and Young People Award.

The 2016 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland will be presented at a ceremony on the afternoon of Sunday 12 June, 2016 at the Lyceum. Tickets priced £15/£10 (students) from http://lyceum.org.uk/whats-on/production/critics-awards-for-theatre-in-2016

2016 CATS Shortlists

Best Male Performance sponsored by Scottish Drama Training Network
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, in association with Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival

Best Female Performance sponsored by STV
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
Pauline Knowles (Clytemnestra), This Restless House, Citizens Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland

Best Ensemble sponsored by Equity
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 sponsored by Guitar Guitar
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 sponsored by BECTU
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 sponsored by Young Scot
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
Linda Duncan McLaughlin, Descent, produced by A Play, a Pie and a Pint, presented by the Traverse Theatre, in association with Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival
Gary McNair, A Gambler’s Guide to Dying, Gary McNair with Show and Tell
Zinnie Harris, This Restless House, Citizens Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland
Anita Vettesse, Ring Road, A Play, a Pie and a Pint, produced in association with the Traverse Theatre

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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