Still Game? Not Scot­tish enough...

Scottish Daily Mail - - Comment - By Laura Cot­ton

YOU might think that Jack and Vic­tor couldn’t be more Craiglang if they tried.

But their Glas­gow pat­ter has failed to win the popular Still Game live stage show a theatre awards nom­i­na­tion – be­cause it’s not Scot­tish enough.

The bizarre re­jec­tion arises from a tech­ni­cal­ity as the live ver­sion of the BBC TV com­edy show was not pro­duced in Scot­land.

The Crit­ics’ Awards for Theatre in Scot­land (CATS) has short­listed a num­ber of high-brow and rel­a­tively un­known pro­duc­tions in­clud­ing The Vene­tian Twins and The Cau­casian Chalk Cir­cle.

But there’s no spot for Still Game Live – and the out­cry has led to CATS hint­ing at a pos­si­ble change in fu­ture judg­ing cri­te­ria.

Grumpy pen­sion­ers Jack and Vic­tor, played by Ford Kier­nan and Greg Hemphill, clocked up 21 sell­out per­for­mances at Glas­gow’s SSE Hy­dro in Oc­to­ber 2014, af­ter the show’s orig­i­nal four dates sold out within hours. The pro­duc­tion played a big part in mak­ing the arena the sec­ond busiest live en­ter­tain­ment venue in the world.

The list was based on ticket sales, and there was no doubt which act was the most popular at the 13,000 ca­pac­ity venue. More than 210,000 fans turned up to see the stage show, rais­ing £6mil­lion at the box of­fice.

Hemphill took to Twit­ter to show his be­muse­ment at the CATS de­ci­sion.

He tweeted: ‘Writ­ten by Scots, per­formed by Scots, in Scot­land. Not Scot­tish. Ha­haha! #still­game­live.’

CATS said: ‘The rule we have for CATS el­i­gi­bil­ity is that a show must be sub­stan­tially pro­duced in Scot­land. This is the cri­te­rion we ap­plied to Still Game which, although per­formed in Scot­land, was pro­duced by the Lon­don-based Phil McIn­tyre En­ter­tain­ments.

‘Ev­ery year we re­view our judg­ing cri­te­ria, so it’s pos­si­ble things will change, but this was the rule we have op­er­ated un­der to date.’

Miss­ing out: Jack and Vic­tor

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