CRITICS' AWARDS FOR THEATRE IN SCOTLAND

2002-03 winners

The first Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland were announced on May 11, 2003.

FOR BEST THEATRE PRODUCTION:

Joint Winners - Shining Souls, directed by Alison Peebles and co-produced by her company, V.amp Productions and the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, and Scrooge, directed and designed by Kenny Miller, the 2002 Christmas show by Citizens Theatre Company, Glasgow.
 

FOR BEST MALE PERFORMANCE:

John Kazek as Guy de Maupassant in Pleasure and Pain, by Mark Thomson and directed by him, at the Glasgow Citizens. Mark Thomson is taking over from Kenny Ireland as Artistic Director for Royal Lyceum Theatre Company.
 


PICTURE: John Kazek as Guy de Maupassant. Pleasure and Pain - Citizens Theatre Company. Photo: Richard Campbell.

 

FOR BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE:

Alexandra Mathie as Dr Vivian Bearing in Wit, the Pulitzer prize winning play by Margaret Edson, in a touring production by Stellar Quines the only Scottish theatre company who facilitate, nurture and promote primarily female artists. They are celebrating their 10th year of existence in 2003.
 

PICTURE: Alexandra Mathie as Dr Bearing in Wit by Stellar Quines. Photo: Marc Marnie.

 

FOR BEST DESIGN:

Calum Colvin's design for Peter Arnott's impressive new Victorian melodrama, The Breathing House. Colvin, one of Scotland's most respected photographic artists, here made his debut as a theatre designer. His giant breathing bellows set, echoed the bellows of an old-fashioned camera. The Breathing House was produced by the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Edinburgh and directed by Kenny Ireland.
 

FOR BEST NEW PLAY:

David Greig's Outlying Islands, seen in a production directed by Philip Howard from that powerhouse of new writing in Scotland, the Traverse, Edinburgh. The play is published by Faber and available from the Traverse, Faber and good bookshops.
 

SPECIAL HONOUR:

The critics' panel honoured Giles Havergal for his immeasurable contribution to theatre in Scotland over the 34 years in which he has been director of the Glasgow Citizens. The critics marked this by sponsoring a seat at the Citizens Theatre, for the theatre's current fund-raising campaign. Giles Havergal is also an acclaimed actor and played Ebenezer Scrooge in the winning production of Scrooge.
 

The awards panel consisted of: Mary Brennan (The Herald), Mark Brown (Scotland on Sunday), Neil Cooper (The Herald), Andrew Burnet (Sunday Herald), Dan Bye (The Stage), Alan Chadwick (Metro), Steve Cramer (List), Robert Dawson Scott (The Times), Thom Dibdin (Edinburgh Evening News), Ann Fotheringham (Evening Times - Glasgow), Thelma Good (EdinburghGuide.com), Joyce McMillan (Scotsman), Kenneth Speirs (Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday) and Joy Watters (The Courier).

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