CATS awards shortlist announced

The National Theatre of Scotland has received six nominations in four categories for the 2011 Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland.

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, devised and created by David Greig and Wils Wilson, received four of the nominations – Best Production, Best Ensemble, Best Music & Sound for Alasdair Macrae and Best New Play for David Greig. The production was well reviewed by audiences and critics during a sell-out tour of pubs, howfs and other unlikely theatre venues earlier this year. It received a clutch of four and five star reviews and was described as “rambunctiously life-affirming and touchingly beautiful” (The Herald *****), and praised for “its terrific performances by the five-strong cast of actor-musicans” (The Times *****).

 

Love Letters to the Public Transport System by Molly Taylor

Love Letters to the Public Transport System

Love Letters to the Public Transport System, written, directed and performed by Molly Taylor, is also nominated for Best New Play. Based on interviews and research, as well as her own personal experiences on Britain’s transport network, Love Letters to the Public Transport System – Molly’s second professionally produced work – was described as “a moving, funny and totally heartwarming personal meditation on how things we normally take for granted can become very personal totems en route to the great adventure called love”. (The Herald *****)

A scene from Nothing to see Here

Nothing to see Here

Nothing To See Here, a National Theatre of Scotland co-production with Aberdeen City Council, is nominated in the Best Ensemble category. The production was the finale of Extreme, a major arts education project across the city of Aberdeen which combined sports, theatre, dance, music and art. Nothing To See Here transformed a disused school building, scheduled for demolition, and immersed audiences in a series of experiences from the terrifying to the spine-tingling, concluding with a joyously uplifting finale, “a rare combination of promenade show, party and gig” (The Scotsman****).

The full list of nominees is available on the CATS website. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh in June.

National Theatre of Scotland nominations in summary:

Best New Play
Molly Taylor, Love Letters to the Public Transport System
David Greig, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Best Production
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Best Ensemble
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
Nothing to See Here

Best Music and Sound
Alasdair Macrae, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

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