Lyceum dominates CATS nominations

May 17, 2017 | By | Reply More

15 nominations for Lyceum at Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland.

Edinburgh-based companies dominate this year’s shortlist for the CATS, the annual celebration of theatre in Scotland, with the Lyceum either behind or involved with 15 of the nominations.

The Traverse’s co-production of Black Beauty with independent producer Red Bridge ensures that the theatre has five nominations out of the total of 40 – there are four nominations in each of ten different categories.

The chorus of Suppliant Women. Photo Stephen Cummiskey

In the children’s theatre category, all the productions originate in Edinburgh. Black Beauty is joined by Andy Manley’s remount of Mikey and Addie (another co-production with Red Bridge), Catherine Wheels’ new version of The Story of the Little Gentleman, and the Grid Iron’s co-production with Lung Ha’s and the Lyceum of Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery.

Black Beauty leaps into contention in half the categories, with creators Andy Canon, Andy Manley and Shona Reppe also nominated in best new play, best design, best direction and best production.

The Lyceum’s leading production is Caryl Churchill’s A Number, produced by the Lyceum in partnership with the Edinburgh International Science Festival, which has also received five nominations.

Brian Ferguson gets a best male performance nod for his portrayal of three clones of the same person, while he and Peter Forbes are nominated for best ensemble. Zinnie Harris – who won last year’s best play award for This Restless House – is nominated for best director; Fred Meller (designer) and Ben Ormerod (lighting designer) are up for the design award and the show is also up for best production.

Peter Forbes and Brian Ferguson in A Number. Pic: Aly Wight

Wind Resistance, produced by the Lyceum in association with Edinburgh International Festival, gets four nods. The musician and writer Karine Polwart is nominated for both best music and best new show, while Wils Wilson is up for best director and the show itself is up for best overall production.

The Suppliant Women, the first play in David Greig’s first season as artistic director of the Lyceum, gets two nominations. A co-production with the Actors Touring Company, Greig is nominated for best new play, while composer John Browne is nominated for best music.

The Lyceum’s Christmas production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is also nominated in two categories. The design team is up for best design with the backstage staff getting the nod in the best technical presentation award.

Karine Polwart in Wind Resistance. Photo: Mihaela Bodlovic

There were 163 productions eligible for the CATS this year, with 84 eligible for the best new play award and 33 for the Best Production for Children and Young People Award.

The 2017 CATS will be presented at a ceremony at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh on Sunday 11 June at 4pm. Tickets priced £15 (£10 Festival Theatre Friends) on sale now. For further information and to book visit: http://www.edtheatres.com/cats.

The Shortlist in full:

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE, sponsored by STV
Brian Ferguson (Bernard 1, 2 and Michael Black), A Number, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in partnership with Edinburgh International Science Festival
Robert Jack (Benedick), Much Ado About Nothing, Dundee Rep Ensemble
Billy Mack (Willy Loman), Death of a Salesman, Dundee Rep Ensemble
Gerry Mulgrew (Krapp), Krapp’s Last Tape, Tron Theatre, Glasgow and Paul Brotherston

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE, sponsored by the Scottish Drama Training Network
Lucy Briggs-Owen (Lydia Languish), The Rivals, Citizens Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
Nicole Cooper (Coriolanus), Coriolanus, Bard in the Botanics
Louise McCarthy (Bernadette), Cuttin’ a Rug, Citizens Theatre
Gemma McElhinney (Kelly Butcher) GamePlan, (Rosie Seymore) FlatSpin and (Paige Petite) RolePlay, Pitlochry Festival Theatre

BEST ENSEMBLE, sponsored by Equity
Death of a Salesman, Dundee Rep Ensemble
The Lonesome West, Tron Theatre, Glasgow
A Number, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in partnership with Edinburgh International Science Festival
The Rivals, Citizens Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse

BEST DIRECTOR
Ian Cameron, Andy Cannon, Andy Manley and Shona Reppe, Black Beauty, Red Bridge and Traverse Theatre Company
Joe Douglas, Death of a Salesman, Dundee Rep Ensemble
Zinnie Harris, A Number, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in partnership with Edinburgh International Science Festival
Wils Wilson, Wind Resistance, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in association with Edinburgh International Festival and supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

BEST DESIGN
Fred Meller (designer) and Ben Ormerod (lighting designer), A Number, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in partnership with Edinburgh International Science Festival
Francis O’Connor (designer), Tim Mitchell (lighting designer) and Jamie Macdonald (video designer), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
Shona Reppe (designer) and Simon Wilkinson (lighting designer), Black Beauty, Red Bridge and Traverse Theatre Company
Neil Warmington (designer) and Sergey Jakovsky (lighting designer), Death of a Salesman, Dundee Rep Ensemble

BEST MUSIC AND SOUND
John Browne (composer and musical director) and Stephen Deazley (vocal leader), The Suppliant Women, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Actors Touring Company
Jonathan Gill (musical director), Richard Price (sound designer) and Gareth Williams (composer), The 306: Dawn, National Theatre of Scotland, 14–18 Now and Perth Theatre in association with Red Note Ensemble
Nikola Kodhabashia (composer), Death of a Salesman, Dundee Rep Ensemble
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, sponsored by BECTU
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
Coriolanus Vanishes, Fire Exit and Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery, Grid Iron and Lung Ha Theatre Company supported by RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.
The 306: Dawn, National Theatre of Scotland, 14–18 Now and Perth Theatre in association with Red Note Ensemble

BEST PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE, sponsored by Young Scot
Black Beauty, Red Bridge and Traverse Theatre Company
Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery, Grid Iron and Lung Ha Theatre Company supported by RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Mikey and Addie, Andy Manley and Red Bridge
The Story of the Little Gentleman, Catherine Wheels

BEST NEW PLAY
Andy Cannon, Andy Manley and Shona Reppe, Black Beauty, Red Bridge and Traverse Theatre Company
David Greig, The Suppliant Women, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Actors Touring Company
Kieran Hurley, Heads Up, Show and Tell and Kieran Hurley
Karine Polwart, Wind Resistance, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in association with Edinburgh International Festival and supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

BEST PRODUCTION
Black Beauty, Red Bridge and Traverse Theatre Company
Death of a Salesman, Dundee Rep Ensemble
A Number, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh in partnership with Edinburgh International Science Festival
Wind Resistance, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in association with Edinburgh International Festival and supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

ENDS

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