CRITICS' AWARDS FOR THEATRE IN SCOTLAND
The first CATS were awarded for the year 2002–03 in five categories: best production, male performance, female performance, design and new play.
Since then they have been awarded annually in early June for the original five categories and for five additional categories: director, technical presentation, production for children and young people, ensemble and music and sound.
WHO ARE THE JUDGES?
To be a CATS judge, a critic should:
• review theatre created in Scotland in print, on radio or TV, or online.
• write reviews throughout the year.
• see theatre across Scotland, not just in one town. (An exception may be made in the case of a critic with knowledge of an underrepresented area.)
• see professional theatre of all scales and types. (An exception may be made in the case of a critic with knowledge of an underrepresented genre.)
• see a high enough percentage of all professional theatre made in Scotland to make a meaningful contribution to the judging meeting.
• be professional about their role as a critic whether or not they are paid for their work.
• pay a small annual fee as a contribution towards CATS running costs.
HOW ARE THE JUDGES SELECTED?
• Membership is by invitation from the CATS judges.
• The judges appoint a membership officer whose job is to ensure that new judges are proposed to the existing judging panel in line with the criteria above. The membership officer's recommendations are discussed at a meeting that takes place soon after the annual CATS ceremony.
• It is expected that all newspapers, magazines and websites with regular, high quality, nationwide coverage of theatre made in Scotland should be represented on the CATS panel.
• There is no limit on the number of judges.
• Judges are invited on a non-discriminatory basis and in line with equal opportunities legislation.
HOW LONG DO THEY REMAIN A JUDGE?
• There is no limit to the length of time a judge may remain a member.
• If a judge's circumstances change and they no longer meet the membership criteria above, they will be required to step down, either permanently or temporarily.
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Above: Vicky Featherstone of the National Theatre of Scotland and actor David Tennant at the 2004-05 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland
To contact the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland, please email CATS@theatrescotland.com