CATS awards to be hosted by Alan Cumming

David Harrower, Maureen Beattie and Stuart Bowman in the running for prestigious theatre awards

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CATS awards to be hosted by Alan Cumming

Francis Hills

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.

Fighting it out for Best New Play are David Harrower’s A Slow Air, Kieran Hurley’s BEATS, Ronan O’Donnell’s Angels, and the National Theatre of Scotland’s Enquirer, created by Andrew O’Hagan, Vicky Featherstone and John Tiffany from interviews by journalists Paul Flynn, Deborah Orr and Ruth Wishart’s.

The decision on Best Female and Best Male performances should also be a close call with eye-catching turns from Maureen Beattie (27) Sally Reid (Days of Wine and Roses), Ann Louise Ross (Further than the Furthest Thing) and Susan Vidler (Knives in Hens) in the first category, while Stuart Bowman (Watching the Detective), Stephen Clyde (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Stephen Kennedy (Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me) and Michael Nardone (Men Should Weep) battle it out for the latter award.

To mark the CATS’ tenth anniversary, a new award called The Cats Whiskers will be given in recognition of an outstanding contribution to theatre in Scotland that ‘isn’t already reflected in the other awards’.

Joyce McMillan, co-convener of the CATS, said of the line-up: ‘This year’s nominations celebrate a dazzling range of work, created by more than 20 companies across Scottish theatre. The list emphasises the growing creative impact of the National Theatre of Scotland, both through its own distinctive work and in co-productions with other companies; it also celebrates the continuing high achievement of Dundee Rep, and a fine start to Dominic Hill’s directorship at the Citizens Theatre.’

Awards will also be given for Best Ensemble, Best Director, Best Design, Best Music and Sound, Best Technical Presentation, Best Show for Children and Young People and Best Production. We'll have an announcement of this year's winners when they're revealed.

Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland

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