CRITICS' AWARDS FOR THEATRE IN SCOTLAND

Press coverage 2012

allmediascotland 13 June 2012

Praise for Critics' Awards Ceremony That Began as 'Small Affair'

A RECENT awards ceremony organised by theatre critics in Scotland has been recognised as having come a long way since it was founded. On Sunday, Hollywood actor, Alan Cumming, compered the tenth incarnation of the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland, the results of which received extensive coverage in the media. But, says the BBC Scotland arts correspondent, Pauline McLean, she remembers the first ever CATS awards as having been a "small affair".

Critics Circle 12 June 2012

Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland Winners announced at ceremony in Glasgow

THEwinners of the 2012 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) were announced at a sold out Tron Theatre in Glasgow on Sunday, June 10. Guest star Alan Cumming (in Scotland rehearsing his one-man Macbeth ahead of performances in Glasgow and New York) assisted MC Joyce McMillan (theatre critic of The Scotsman) and her colleagues in presenting this year's 11 prizes.

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Citizens Theatre 11 June 2012

Success at the CATS

We were lucky enough this year to receive 5 nominations for the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS). In a ceremony held yesterday at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow, hosted by Alan Cumming, we were delighted to receive the top award in 2 of these categories

STV 11 June 2012

National Theatre of Scotland director wins coveted Tony award

THE NTS picked up three more awards in Scotland on the same day at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, for best ensemble, best technical presentation and best overall production.

Northings 11 June 2012

CATS Award Winners Announced

THE winners of this year's Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) were unveiled to a capacity audience at Glasgow's Tron Theatre yesterday. Now in its tenth year, the CATS was hosted by the star of X Men, Spy Kids, the James Bond movie Golden Eye and his forthcoming Macbeth with the National Theatre of Scotland, Alan Cumming. Well established as a highlight in the theatrical calendar north of the border, the event was attended by some of the leading figures in Scottish theatre who celebrated alongside passionate theatre lovers.

The Herald 11 June 2012

Critics delighted and dazzled by Scots shows

A MODERN-day version of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol took two of the main prizess at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland yesterday. Graham McLaren's National Theatre of Scotland show A Christmas Carol took the awards for Best Production and Best Ensemble at the annual awards, Cats for short. Ann Louise Ross won the top honour in the Best Female Performance category for her portrayal of Mill Lavarello in Dundee Rep's Further Than the Furthest Thing.

The Guardian 11 June 2012

Lyn Gardner's theatre roundup: of CATS and hens

IT WAS a big day for Scottish theatre yesterday, which has always punched well above its weight, but which is facing controversial funding changes that may jeopardise its future creativity. The Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland – or CATS as they're known – handed out its gongs in Glasgow with National Theatre Scotland getting three awards including best production for Graham McLaren's A Christmas Carol.

Glasgow Evening Times 11 June 2012

CATS got the cream of city stage talent

HOLLYWOOD'S Alan Cumming was back on home ground to present Scotland's theatre 'Oscars' in an event which sees Glasgow' stage arts people take a bow. The X-Men 2 actor, an ex-RSAMD student, handed out the gongs at the Critics Awards for Theatre Scotland, or CATS, in The Tron Theatre. And the Bard in the Botanics shows, which sees Shakespeare plays performed at the Botanic Gardens, was among the winners with Stephen Clyde taking the award for Best Male Performance for his role as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

BBC Scotland 11 June 2012

Critics go beyond backslapping at theatre awards

I REMEMBER the first ever CATS awards as a small affair. Even the small band of Scottish theatre critics who set the event up seemed slightly bemused by what they had created but aware that things were changing on the cultural landscape. A decade on, with a National theatre company, a raft of new shows and a controversial shake-up of funding for many companies, the CATS (Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland) have an important role beyond a backslapping awards ceremony.

Glasgow Theatre Blog 11 June 2012

Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland

YESTERDAY afternoon at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow the winners of the 2012 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland were announced by host Alan Cumming.

STV 11 June 2012

Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland reward Christmas Carol and penguins

CATS 2012 awards are biggest yet; Alan Cumming presents gongs to National Theatre, Dundee rep, Glasgow Citz and smaller companies. For the second time in its ten year history, the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) for Best Production has gone to a version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Graham McLaren's thoroughly Dickensian production, for the National Theatre of Scotland, was staged in a room in the former Govan Town Hall, now Film City, which was tricked out to feel as if the audience was actually sitting in the premises of Ebeneezer Scrooge.

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Dundee Courier 11 June 2012

Dundee Rep takes two CATS prizes

DUNDEE Rep has clinched two prizes at this year's Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland. Ensemble stalwart Ann Louise Ross scooped best female performance for her portrayal of Mill Laverello in Zinnie Harris' Further Than The Furthest Thing. Presenting the coveted award, judge Allan Radcliffe paid testimony to Ms Ross' ''outstanding'' performance. She said: ''I feel very proud, delighted and absolutely thrilled for everyone.''

allmediascotland 10 June 2010

Winners for Scotland's Celebration of Theatre Announced

THEwinners of this year's Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) were unveiled earlier today to a capacity audience at Glasgow's Tron Theatre. Now in its tenth year, the CATS was hosted by the star of X Men, Spy Kids, the James Bond movie Golden Eye and his forthcoming Macbeth with the National Theatre of Scotland, Alan Cumming. Well established as a highlight in the theatrical calendar north of the border, the event was attended by some of the leading figures in Scottish theatre who celebrated alongside passionate theatre lovers.

Tommy Ga-Ken Wan 10 June 2012

Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2012

ALONG with my colleagues and friends from The Salon Project, I attended the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) two weekends ago at The Tron Theatre. I was struck most of all by the occasion's good nature: free of the arrogance and haughtiness that marks, say, The Scottish Fashion Awards, the CATS seemed to me to be a big love-in.

The Scotsman 10 June 2012

Alan Cumming joins chorus of disapproval over Creative Scotland

ONE of Scotland's leading actors, Alan Cumming, has become the most high-profile critic yet to attack the funding overhaul ordered by Creative Scotland. The Hollywood star, who is about to take the stage in Glasgow in a major new production of Macbeth, called on the agency to instigate peace talks with critics over the "major PR mistake" of its shake-up, which has left dozens of groups without regular funding.

The Stage 10 June 2012

National Theatre of Scotland lands triple win at CATS

THE National Theatre of Scotland's A Christmas Carol and Dundee Rep's Further Than The Furthest Thing have both run out double winners at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, announced in Glasgow on Sunday. Eight productions from six companies shared the ten awards, which celebrate theatre in Scotland. Now in its tenth year, the CATS ceremony was held at the Tron Theatre and presented by actor Alan Cumming.

Scottish Parliament Buisness Bulletin 8 June 2012

New and altered motions and amendments

S4M-03227 Sandra White: A Play, A Pie and A Pint — That the Parliament congratulates David MacLennan on receiving the CATS Whiskers Award, the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland, which honours outstanding achievement in Scottish theatre, for his lunchtime plays, A Play, A Pie and A Pint; notes that, since 2004, over 250 original short plays have been presented at Oran Mor in Glasgow‘s west end; believes the innovative programme of a hot Scotch pie, a pint and an one-hour performance for £10 to be a simple but very successful concept; further believes that the lunchtime format has transformed the Scottish theatre scene by enabling writers to try something new and more adventurous; considers that A Play, A Pie and A Pint is one of the most successful theatre ideas, with co-productions in cities such as Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh and London, and hopes that it continues to develop a unique relationship with audiences in Glasgow and build long-term partnerships with theatres and companies across Scotland and Europe.

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STV 5 June 2012

New CATS Whiskers award for Outstanding Achievement goes to A Play a Pie and a Pint

THE Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, or CATS for short, has awarded its first ever CATS Whiskers award, as it celebrates its tenth anniversary. The award, for Outstanding Achievement, goes to David MacLennan, the one time founder and director of Wildcat Stage Productions, but more recently the orignator the "A Play, a Pie and a Pint" season of lunchtime one act plays at Oran Mor in Glasgow.

The Herald 4 June 2012

Theatre with bite adds up to lunchtime achievement

IT is one of the most talked-about and copied new theatre ideas – but its outstanding success is based on the simplest of concepts. For £10 you get a hot Scotch pie, or a politically-correct veggie version, a choice of a beer or a glass of wine, and an unreserved seat. After less than an hour you emerge back into the sunlight with your head full of new ideas. Now David MacLennan's innovative programme of lunchtime plays, called A Play, A Pie and A Pint, has been awarded a top theatre critics' award for outstanding achievement in Scottish theatre.

Evening Times 4 June 2012

Top drama honour for playwright

PLAYWRIGHT David MacLennan has scooped an award for outstanding achievement after producing 250 plays in eight years. The Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) announced the new award, the CATS Whiskers, to celebrate impressive achievement in Scottish theatre. And David was the first winner, for his efforts arranging A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Oran Mor's innovative lunchtime drama series, which is backed by the Evening Times.

allmediscotland 4 June 2012

David MacLennan and 'A Play, a Pie and a Pint' Scoop CATS Whiskers for Outstanding Achievement

TODAY, the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland announced the winner of a brand new award: the CATS Whiskers, given to celebrate an outstanding achievement in Scottish theatre that isn't already reflected through the other award categories. David MacLennan and A Play A Pie and A Pint have scooped this inaugural award for the outstanding achievement of presenting 250 plays in eight years.

PA 4 June 2012

A Play, a Pie, a Pint, and an Award

A THEATRICAL production which offers audiences a play, a pie and a pint has been announced as the winner of the new CATS Whiskers award. The prize, from the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS), was designed to celebrate an outstanding achievement in Scottish theatre that was not already reflected through the other award categories.

Fife Today 4 June 2012

A Play, a Pie, a Pint, and an Award

A THEATRICAL production which offers audiences a play, a pie and a pint has been announced as the winner of the new CATS Whiskers award. The prize, from the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS), was designed to celebrate an outstanding achievement in Scottish theatre that was not already reflected through the other award categories.

Coffee-Table Notes 4 June 2012

A Play, A Pie and A Pint - The CATS Whiskers

WHEN David MacLennan founded A Play, A Pie and A Pint at Oran Mor in 2004, his first season of lunchtime plays with refreshments included in the ticket price was a modest affair. Eight years on, and having presented some 250 new works, as MacLennan gets set to receive the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland's inaugural CATS Whiskers award for Outstanding Achievement, A Play, A Pie and A Pint now looks like a genuine theatrical phenomenon that was seriously ahead of the game.

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Linlithgow Gazette 4 June 2012

A Play, a Pie, a Pint, and an Award

A THEATRICAL production which offers audiences a play, a pie and a pint has been announced as the winner of the new CATS Whiskers award. The prize, from the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS), was designed to celebrate an outstanding achievement in Scottish theatre that was not already reflected through the other award categories.

The Scotsman 4 June 2012

A Play, a Pie, a Pint – and a well-deserved award

THEY were launched eight years ago at a popular Glasgow arts venue and eaterie as an off-beat experiment in lunch-hour theatre. More than 250 plays later, David MacLennan, founder of A Play, a Pie and a Pint at Oran Mor, has won a top award for "outstanding achievement in Scottish theatre".

theatreSCOTLAND 25 May 2012

Cumming joins the CATS

ALAN Cumming will present the tenth annual Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow on Sunday 10 June. Currently in rehearsal for his one-man Macbeth for the National Theatre of Scotland, the star of The Good Wife said: "I'm looking forward to catching up with old friends, and celebrating another great year of Scottish theatre at the Tron Theatre for the CATS awards."

The List 23 May 2012

CATS awards to be hosted by Alan Cumming

HE'S one of the busiest actors at work today, preparing for curtain up on his one-man version Macbeth, but Alan Cumming is to take time out from rehearsals to host this year's Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland. The CATS, which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary, has a shortlist of some 23 shows over ten categories, which include Best Production. The National Theatre is leader of the shortlisted pack with 12 nominations, while productions from Dundee Rep and the Citizens Theatre Company both received five nominations each. This year's ceremony will be held at the Tron Theatre on Sun 10 Jun.

Allmediascotland 23 May 2012

Alan Cumming to present Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland

ALAN Cumming, the star of X Men, Spy Kids and the James Bond movie Golden Eye, will present the 10th annual Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow on Sunday 10th June, 2012.

Northings 23 May 2012

Alan Cumming to present Critics' Awards

ALAN Cumming, the star of X Men, Spy Kids and the James Bond movie Golden Eye, will present the 10th annual Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow on Sunday 10th June, 2012.

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Critics' Circle 15 May 2012

Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland

THE shortlists for the annual Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland have been announced. The notable front runner is the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS), which has 12 nominations across the awards' 10 categories.The most nominated production is Dundee Rep's acclaimed staging of Zinnie Harris's powerful tragedy Further Than the Furthest Thing, with five nominations, closely followed by the NTS's presentation of Dickens's A Christmas Carol, which has four nominations.

STV 11 May 2012

National Theatre of Scotland loses Vicky Featherstone as director

THE NTS has played to over 710,000 people,across three continents, with 160 productions in 125 different locations, with box office earnings have approaching £6.4million. Plays like Black Watch have won the NTS and its artists won 37 national and international awards, including 4 Oliviers. Earlier this week, it was nominated for a dozen more in the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland across six different shows.

The Guardian 11 May 2012

Seven days on stage: National Theatre of Scotland on top

THE National Theatre of Scotland leads the nominations for the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (affectionately known as the CATS), with nominations in all bar one category. NTS Ð which has had a huge and hugely positive impact on Scotland's theatre scene since it was founded in 2006 – has seven productions or co-productions sharing 12 nominations, with shows including Christmas Carol and Enquirer (NTS's take on the phone-hacking scandal, which only opened a few weeks ago) in the running for awards.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre 11 May 2012

Critics Award Nomination

MY Fair Lady has been shortlisted for the Critics Awards in Theatre Scotland (CATS) in the category of best music and soun. John Durnin, PFT's Chief Executive and Artistic Director commented: "Developing high quality musical theatre within PFT's unique repertoire system has been our major artistic priority over the last four years, so it's very rewarding to see this achievement being recognised."

Northings 11 May 2012

Nominations announced for Theatre Awards in Scotland

THE Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS), announced the nominations for the country's celebration of theatre. Of the 202 productions considered for nomination, 123 were eligible for Best New Play and 36 were created for children and young people. A total of 23 shows have reached the final nominations stage and the winners will be announced at the CATS Awards ceremony on Sunday 10th June, 2012 at Glasgow's Tron Theatre.

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Dundee Courier 11 May 2012

Dundee Rep's Further than the Furthest Thing leads CATS nominations

DUNDEE Rep's prominence in Scottish theatre has been cemented by receiving five nominations in this year's critics' awards. All the recommendations are for the acclaimed Further than the Furthest Thing, with the Rep a nominee for best production, Ann Louise Ross for best female performance and James Brining for best director.

British Theatre Guide 10 May 2012

Nominations announced for 10th Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland

THE nominations for the tenth Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland were announced today, with the National Theatre of Scotland emerging as the big winners with twelve nominations in eight of the ten categories. An indication of the success of new plays in Scotland is contained in the statistic that out of the 202 productions that were considered, 123 were eligible for the Best New Play category, and 36 were created for children and young people.

Citizens Theatre 10 May 2012

CATS Award - 5 nominations for Citz

WE are absolutely delighted to receive 5 nominations in the 2011-12 Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland: Best Design, Best Ensemble, Best Director, Best Music and Best Production.

Traverse Theatre 10 May 2012

CATS Nominees Announced

NOMINATIONS for the prestigious Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland are in today, and we're delighted to say that The Salon Project has been nominated under two categories: Best Production and Best Technical Presentation.

The Scotsman 10 May 2012

Newspaper crisis play in running for awards

A HARD-hitting new play tackling the crisis facing the newspaper industry in Britain is in the running for two major theatre awards – just weeks after its world premiere in Glasgow. Enquirer, which is based on interviews with dozens of current and former journalists, including staff at The Scotsman, has been shortlisted for best new play and best ensemble in the annual "Oscars" of Scottish theatre.

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STV 10 May 2012

Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland throw up new contenders

ONLY three theatre companies in Scotland managed more than two nominations out of a possible 40 in this year's nominations for the tenth annual Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS). But the short lists saw five new companies nominated for the very first time.

The Herald 10 May 2012

National Theatre tipped for awards

THE National Theatre of Scotland looks set to dominate this year's Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS). In the short lists for the annual awards, the NTS is up for 12 prizes in nine of the 10 award categories. Dundee Rep and the Citizens Theatre Company have five nominations each, while companies receiving nominations for the first time include Bard in the Botanics, Frozen Charlotte, Shona Reppe Puppets, Theatre Jezebel and Untitled Projects.

Broadway World 10 May 2012

David Shrigley, THE SALON PROJECT, Catherine Wheel, BEATS & More Nominated for Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland

ON 10 May, 2012, following an all-day meeting at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, the CATS judges announced the following shortlists for the ten categories of the 2011Ð12 awards. The winners will be announced at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, on Sunday 10 June.

The Stage 10 May 2012

National Theatre of Scotland leads CATS nominations

THE National Theatre of Scotland has emerged as the frontrunner in the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, with nominations in all but one of the ten categories. The annual awards, known as the CATS, are now in their tenth year. Any piece of professional theatre substantially produced in Scotland in the 12 months from May to April is eligible. A total of 202 productions were considered, with 123 were eligible for the best new play award and 36 for best show for children and young people.

Annals of the Edinburgh Stage 10 May 2012

Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland nominations announced

EDINBURGH Theatres have been largely passed over in the nominations shortlists for the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, announced on Thursday 10 May. The annual awards, chosen by ScotlandÕs theatre critics, are now in their tenth year. Any professional theatre production, substantially produced in Scotland in the 12 months from May to April is eligible. This year, a total of 202 productions were considered, with 123 were eligible for the best new play award and 36 for best show for children and young people.

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STV 5 January 2012

Martyn James – RIP

IN 2007, when the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland were hosted by Pitlochry Festival Theatre, he graciously took on the role of presenter. Later he confided to me that some of the younger members of that year's company has asked why he had been invited to do so; it was a testament to his modesty that he allowed the tangible affection from the Scottish theatre community which surrounded his efforts, to be his only reply.

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