CRITICS' AWARDS FOR THEATRE IN SCOTLAND

Press coverage 2013

Rutherglen Reformer 19 June 2013

Local playwright Rob Drummond enjoys American success

THE playwright has also just scooped a top award, winning Best New Play of the year for his tale Quiz Show at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) which were held last week. Quiz Show focuses on a cheesy 1970s game show host, played by TV star Jonathan Watson, before taking a turn into darker areas.

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The Herald 15 June 2013

CATS celebrates the cream of Scottish theatre

LIKE many people, I always had a sneaking respect for Woody Allen's contrary refusal to grace the Oscars with his presence on the basis that the Academy would persist in holding them on the one day in the week when he had a regular gig playing jazz clarinet in a New York bar. There is a man with a proper sense of priorities. However, as time goes by, my dismissal of the circus of awards ceremonies has become less exclusive. I will now admit to quite liking two: the Scottish Album of the Year, happening this Thursday in Glasgow's venerable Barrowland Ballroom, and the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, held last Sunday in Edinburgh's Traverse.

Southern Reporter 13 June 2013

Firebrand scoop national theatre title

BORDERS-BASED Firebrand Theatre Company has won a top Scottish theatre award for their critically acclaimed touring production of Iron. Former Taggart actress Blythe Duff, who took the lead role of Fay Black in Rona Munro's prison drama, won in the Best Female Performance category at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) which was held at a packed Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh on Sunday night.

BBC Radio Scotland The Culture Show with Janice Forsyth 12 June 2013

Sanjeev Kohli interviews Alan Cumming about CATS Best Male Performance Award

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UK Arts Directory 12 June 2013

Alan Cumming and Blythe Duff win best actor awards

HOLLYWOOD actor Alan Cumming and former Taggart star Blythe Duff have picked up the best actor awards at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS). Cumming won for 'an unforgettable, bravura performance' in the National Theatre of Scotland's one-man Macbeth. The Perthshire-born actor, who had previously won a Tony award on Broadway, said Macbeth was 'the thing I am most proud of in my whole career'.

Perthshire Advertiser 11 June 2013

Theatre critics salute Perth and Pitlochry

Perth Theatre picked up two major accolades on Sunday night. The theatre was recognised at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) for its production of Conor McPherson's The Seafarer. The play, about hard-drinking Irishmen celebrating Christmas, was the only production to win two awards at the ceremony at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre. Pitlochry Festival Theatre scored a coup for its venture into seasonal musicals - it was given the award for best sound and music for its hit production of the Berlin classic, White Christmas.

Stellar Quines 11 June 2013

The List wins Best Production

ON Sunday 9 June the 11th Annual Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) 2013 was held at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. The CATS celebrate the best achievements in Scottish theatre, and this year their 10th anniversary coincided nicely with the Traverse's 50th. Despite the brilliant sunshine, at 3pm the Traverse Bar was crowded with theatregoers and professionals sipping sparkling wine and chatting until the ceremony began shortly after 4pm.

Traverse Theatre 10 June 2013

CATS Awards Winners 2013

WINNERS across 10 categories were announced at yesterday's CATS Award (Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland) ceremony held here at the Traverse Theatre, and we're DELIGHTED that Rob Drummond's Quiz Show won the much coveted Best New Play category.

BBC Radio Scotland The Culture Show with Janice Forsyth 10 June 2013

Janice Forsyth interviews Joyce McMillan about CATS winners

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Playbill 10 June 2013

Macbeth's Alan Cumming Among Winners at 2013 Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland

ALAN Cumming, who stars in his one-man adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth on Broadway, was among the artists to take home the 2013 Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland. Advertisement The eleventh annual CATS, for the year 2012–13, were announced June 9 in a ceremony at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. The guest presenter was John Byrne.

Real Radio 10 June 2013

Actors Honoured By Theatre Critics

ALAN Cumming and Blythe Duff have been awarded for their stage performances at this year's Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS). Cumming won best actor for his role in the National Theatre of Scotland's one-man Macbeth and Duff best actress for her portrayal of a convicted killer in the Firebrand Theatre Company production, Iron.

Edinburgh Guide 10 June 2013

10th CATS Awards Recognise Cream of Scottish Theatre Crop

GLITTERING excitement galore at the Traverse Theatre on Sunday 09 June! Not only was it the Traverse Theatre's 50th birthday party, but it was the 10th CATS (Critics' Award for Theatre) Award ceremony, hosted as ever by CATS convenor, Joyce McMillan, with her usual cheerful authority. Adding to the day's glamour and bringing his unique style and casual panache as this yearÕs guest presenter was our own stellar playwright and artist, John Byrne. A more apposite choice for this auspicious sell-out event would be hard to imagine.

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The Scotsman 10 June 2013

Brian Ferguson: Cultural shift seems to be real deal

WHAT a different a year makes. Exactly 12 months ago, as the great and good of the Scottish theatre world gathered at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow, storm clouds hovered ominously overhead. These were the early, dark days of what became known as the 'Creative Scotland stooshie' and there was no escaping the issue. Kieran Hurley, who scooped the coveted best new play at the Scottish theatre 'Oscars' last year, was among several winners and presenters to speak out on a shake-up from the quango, which had cut adrift dozens of arts groups from the safety net of annual support.

The Courier 10 June 2013

Double joy for Perth play at Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland

PERTH Theatre's ambitious production of the Seafarer scooped two awards in the 2013 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS). The presentation of Conor McPherson's play earned Perth both the best director and best ensemble awards during the sell-out award ceremony at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre. The best director award for Rachel O'Riordan cemented her position as one of the finest and most visionary directors in the country.

The Skinny 10 June 2013

Alan Cumming, Rob Drummond & more take home Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland

THE annual Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) took place last night at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, with recognition for some of Scotland's leading theatre practitioners. Actor Alan Cumming took home the Best Male Performance award for his widely-admired one-man performance of Macbeth, while the Best New Play award went to Rob Drummond, for his play Quiz Show. Drummond's play will now move to The Traverse for an extended run during the Fringe. Stellar Quines won Best Production for The List, while Taggart star Blythe Duff took home the award for Best Female Performance for her role in Iron, a Firebrand Theatre production

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OK Magazine 10 June 2013

Alan Cumming and Blythe Duff win Scottish theatre prizes

Actor ALAN CUMMING and former TAGGART star BLYTHE DUFF were the toast of the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland on Sunday (09Jun13) after each taking home top prizes.The X2 star earned the best acting trophy for his "unforgettable" one-man performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth, which is currently playing on Broadway, forcing Cumming to accept the accolade from New York.

Daily Star 10 June 2013

Alan Cumming and Blythe Duff win Scottish theatre prizes

Actor ALAN CUMMING and former TAGGART star BLYTHE DUFF were the toast of the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland on Sunday (09Jun13) after each taking home top prizes.The X2 star earned the best acting trophy for his "unforgettable" one-man performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth, which is currently playing on Broadway, forcing Cumming to accept the accolade from New York.

News RT 10 June 2013

Alan Cumming and Blythe Duff win best actor awards

HOLLYWOOD actor Alan Cumming and former Taggart star Blythe Duff have picked up the best actor awards at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS). Cumming won for "an unforgettable, bravura performance" in the National Theatre of Scotland's one-man Macbeth. The Perthshire-born actor, who had previously won a Tony award on Broadway, said Macbeth was "the thing I am most proud of in my whole career".

Contact Music 10 June 2013

Alan Cumming and Blythe Duff win Scottish theatre prizes

Actor ALAN CUMMING and former TAGGART star BLYTHE DUFF were the toast of the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland on Sunday (09Jun13) after each taking home top prizes.The X2 star earned the best acting trophy for his "unforgettable" one-man performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth, which is currently playing on Broadway, forcing Cumming to accept the accolade from New York.

New Magazine 10 June 2013

Alan Cumming and Blythe Duff win Scottish theatre prizes

Actor ALAN CUMMING and former TAGGART star BLYTHE DUFF were the toast of the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland on Sunday (09Jun13) after each taking home top prizes.The X2 star earned the best acting trophy for his "unforgettable" one-man performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth, which is currently playing on Broadway, forcing Cumming to accept the accolade from New York.

The Express 10 June 2013

Alan Cumming and Blythe Duff win Scottish theatre prizes

Actor ALAN CUMMING and former TAGGART star BLYTHE DUFF were the toast of the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland on Sunday (09Jun13) after each taking home top prizes.The X2 star earned the best acting trophy for his "unforgettable" one-man performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth, which is currently playing on Broadway, forcing Cumming to accept the accolade from New York.

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The Herald 10 June 2013

All hail Macbeth ... and lay on Duff too

LEADING Scottish actors Alan Cumming and Blythe Duff were honoured at the nation's leading theatre awards last night. Cumming, currently working in New York, and Duff won awards at the 2013 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) in a ceremony at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre. Cumming said his one-man Macbeth for the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS), for which he won the award, was the "thing I am most proud of in my career."

Star Magazine 10 June 2013

Alan Cumming and Blythe Duff win Scottish theatre prizes

ACTOR ALAN CUMMING and former TAGGART star BLYTHE DUFF were the toast of the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland on Sunday (09Jun13) after each taking home top prizes.The X2 star earned the best acting trophy for his "unforgettable" one-man performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth, which is currently playing on Broadway, forcing Cumming to accept the accolade from New York. He said, "I'm very grateful to the Scottish theatre critics, especially as Macbeth is the thing I am most proud of in my whole career. Thank you very much, it really means a lot to me for something I feel so proud of to be honoured by my country."

The Scotsman 10 June 2013

Jimmy Savile-inspired drama wins Scottish Oscar

A DARING and controversial play partly inspired by the Jimmy Savile scandal, Hollywood actor Alan Cumming's one-man version of Macbeth and Taggart star Blythe Duff's portayal of a husband killer have all been honoured at the Scottish theatre Oscars. Rob Drummond's unsettling drama Quiz Show, which starts off as a comedy about a garish game show before lurching into much darker territory, was named best new play of the last year by Scotland's leading drama critics.

The Times 10 June 2013

CATS honours the cream of theatre

THEactors Alan Cumming and Blythe Duff were among the winners at yesterday's Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland. Cumming scooped the Best Male Performance award for his role in the National Theatre of Scotland's radical reworking of Macbeth, in which he plays all the major roles.

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The Stage 9 June 2013

Alan Cumming and Perth's The Seafarer win at Scottish theatre awards

ALAN Cumming and Blythe Duff have won the best male and female performance awards at the annual Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, held at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre today. Cumming's role in his one-man Macbeth was one of two awards for National Theatre of Scotland-associated productions. The other, for best design, went to Menage a Trois, produced in partnership with Claire Cunningham and Gail Sneddon.

STV 9 June 2013

Alan Cumming wins major Scottish theatre award

FORMER Taggart star Blythe Duff and Hollywood export Alan Cumming won the two Best Actor Awards at the 2013 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) in a ceremony that honoured nine different productions. The contribution to Scottish theatre made by Vicky Featherstone, the founding artistic director of the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS), was also recognised at the event in the presentation of a special CATS Whiskers Award.

BBC 9 June 2013

Alan Cumming and Blythe Duff win best actor awards

HOLLYWOOD actor Alan Cumming and former Taggart star Blythe Duff have picked up the best actor awards at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS). Cumming won for "an unforgettable, bravura performance" in the National Theatre of Scotland's one-man Macbeth. The Perthshire-born actor, who had previously won a Tony award on Broadway, said Macbeth was "the thing I am most proud of in my whole career".

The Scotsman 6 June 2013

What the Critics' Awards says about Scottish theatre

YOU might imagine the judging of the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (Cats) to be a bit of a stitch-up. If you didn't know better, you'd say the dozen or so reviewers simply nod through their pet favourites then head off to the pub. That's not the case at all (apart from the bit about the pub).

The Stage 6 June 2013

Ex-NTS chief Vicky Featherstone celebrated by Scottish critics

VICKY Featherstone is to be awarded a special CATS Whiskers award at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, at Edinburgh's Traverse theatre this weekend. Featherstone has been recognised for her work as the founding artistic director of the National Theatre of Scotland, from where she has now moved on to the Royal Court. She will be only the second recipient of the award, which celebrates an outstanding achievement in Scottish theatre not already reflected through the other award categories.

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STV 5 June 2013

CATS Whiskers for Featherstone in advance of theatre awards ceremony

VICKY Featherstone, the founding director of the National Theatre of Scotland, will receive a special CATS Whiskers award from Scotland's theatre critics at their annual Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, or CATS, this coming Sunday in Edinburgh.

The Herald 5 June 2013

Featherstone to receive top theatre award from Byrne

JOHN Byrne, creator of the Slab Boys and Tutti Frutti, is to present the 2013 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (Cats) on Sunday, where the first artistic director of the National Theatre of Scotland, Vicky Featherstone, will receive a special award.

The Herald 10 May 2013

Inside Track: Perth Festival

NOW, of course, Perth has its own very handsome concert hall, and a year-round programme of music of the first rank, and the theatre has recently acquired a very highly rated director in Rachel O'Riordan, who is shortlisted for best director in this year's Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland.

Edinburgh Guide 10 May 2013

The CATS have got the cream

NOW in its 11th year, the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) has made this year's announcement of nominations. The Awards are open to any professional theatre work produced in Scotland between May 1 2012 and 30 April 2013, and around 180 new productions that opened in the year were considered, 106 of which were new plays/scripts and 36 productions created for children and young people.

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Perthshire Advertiser 10 May 2013

Theatre award nominations for PFT

PITLOCHRY Festival Theatre's first ever go at a Christmas musical has brought it two nominations for a major Scottish theatre awards. White Christmas has received two Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) nominations, one for Best Music and Sound, and another for Best Production. The prestigious CATS nominations were announced early yesterday. John Durnin, PFT chief executive said: "This is the first time that a PFT show has been nominated in the Best Production category and it's a testament to the incredibly hard and undeniably high quality work that so many PFT staff put into the show."

BBC 9 May 2013

Alan Cumming shortlisted for Scottish Critics' award

X-MEN star Alan Cumming has been shortlisted for his solo performance in Macbeth at this year's Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS). Cumming plays all the significant roles in the Shakespeare tragedy, which is currently running on Broadway The National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum both picked up eight nominations in the annual awards.

Imaginate 9 May 2013

Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland – nominees announced!

MORE excitement at the Imaginate Festival today! The CATS awards nominations (Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland) are out and we are delighted to see that Greg Sinclair (Imaginate Artist in Residence 2010-11) and macrobert are nominated in two categories (Best Production for Children and Young People and Best Music and Sound) for Sonata for a Man and a Boy.

The Scotsman 9 May 2013

Lyceum and NTS head theatre awards shortlist

SOME of the nation's best-known acting talents will by vying for the top honours in this year's Scottish theatre awards. Alan Cumming, Maureen Beattie, Blythe Duff and Iain Robertson are among those in the running for on-stage performances over the last year. The Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh and the National Theatre of Scotland are leading the running in the shortlists for the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland. They have also been jointly recognised for co-productions A Doll's House and The Guid Sisters.

STV 9 May 2013

Alan Cumming, Blythe Duff lead Scottish theatre awards nominations

FAMILIAR faces and fresh talent are all to the fore in the nominations for this year's Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, sometimes even in the same production. Blythe Duff, now throwing off the role of DS Jackie Reid in STV's Taggart is nominated for her role as murder Fay Black in Rona Munro' play Iron which was revived last year by the brand new Firebrand Theatre Company based in Hawick.

Evening Times, Glasgow 9 May 2013

City theatres prepare to take a bow

GLASGOW'S Citizens Theatre is up for six gongs at the prestigious Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland. It joins the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh and National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) to head the field on the CATS awards shortlists. The event, now in its 11th year, celebrates the best of Scottish theatre and will see actor Alan Cumming present the awards on June 9.

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The Stage, 9 May 2013

Alan Cumming's Macbeth among CATS nominees

ALAN Cumming in his solo version of Macbeth has received one of eight nominations for the National Theatre of Scotland at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland, announced today. The NTS' nominations range across six shows. Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum also has eight nominations, but across five shows. The Glasgow Citizens and Edinburgh's Traverse both have six nominations across three shows.

The Herald 9 May 2013

Director Hill lands in hall of fame with latest theatre awards nominations

DOMINIC Hill became the most recognised director in the history of Scotland's leading theatre awards after picking up two further nominations this year. The artistic director of Glasgow's Citizens Theatre took the number of nominations he has received in the Critics' Awards for Theatre to 12 after the 2013 shortlists were announced. In what is the 11th year of the awards, he is shortlisted in the best director category and his production of Krapp's Last Tape is nominated for best production.

The Scotsman 9 May 2013

Everybody wants to be a cats

LOOKING through the shortlist for this years Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, (CATS), announced this morning, is to be reminded of the importance of prizes like these (alongside the recently announced Scottish Album of the Year Award). This year five shows have been shortlisted for best production rather than the usual four: Quiz Show at the Traverse; Krapp's Last Tape/Footfalls at the Citizens; White Christmas: The Musical at Pitlochry Festival Theatre; The List, premiered at Summerhall during last year's Edinburgh Fringe; and The Seafarer at Perth Theatre. So much good work was produced by Scottish companies last year, the panel say, that it was impossible to narrow the shortlist down to four choices.

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