Dundee Rep leads the way in the­atre awards

Pro­duc­tion of Death of a Sales­man short­listed in six dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - Ste­fan Morkis

Dundee Rep’s pro­duc­tion of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Sales­man is lead­ing the field in this year’s pres­ti­gious CATS awards.

The pro­duc­tion has been short­listed in six dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories of the Crit­ics Awards for The­atre in Scot­land (CATS) – more than any other play per­formed in Scot­land over the past year.

This in­cludes a nom­i­na­tion for the coun­try’s top the­atre award – best pro­duc­tion.

Billy Mack has been nom­i­nated as best male per­for­mance for his take on Willy Lo­man, while the play also picked up nods in the best en­sem­ble, de­sign and mu­sic and sound cat­e­gories.

Joe Dou­glas has also been nom­i­nated in the best direc­tor cat­e­gory for the play.

The Rep also picked up a se­cond nom­i­na­tion in the best male cat­e­gory, with Robert Jack nom­i­nated for his per­for­mance as Benedick is Much Ado About Noth­ing.

Pit­lochry Fes­ti­val The­atre has also picked up a nom­i­na­tion in the best fe­male cat­e­gory.

Gemma McEl­hin­ney has been short­listed for her three dif­fer­ent roles in the trio of Alan Ay­ck­bourn plays staged by the the­atre last year.

The 306: Dawn, pro­duced by the Na­tional The­atre of Scot­land and Perth The­atre, has been nom­i­nated for best mu­sic and sound.

The awards are de­cided by Scot­land’s lead­ing the­atre crit­ics. The win­ners will be an­nounced on June 11.

Joyce McMil­lan, co-con­vener of CATS, said: “This year has once again seen tremen­dous cre­ativ­ity across the board

“We’re de­lighted that 19 dif­fer­ent pro­duc­tions have made the short­lists, from the­atres and com­pa­nies all across Scot­land; they rep­re­sent a huge range of the­atre, from the small­est scale to the largest, and from com­plex pieces of mu­si­cal the­atre to the most ap­par­ently sim­ple solo shows.

“The range of new work be­ing pro­duced is im­pres­sive. This year 84 new plays or de­vised works pre­miered in Scot­land, and many of these shows stretch and chal­lenge our CATS cat­e­gories, work­ing with other art forms from mu­sic and dance to vis­ual in­stal­la­tions, and chal­leng­ing tra­di­tional re­la­tion­ships be­tween the­atre and au­di­ence.

“The sense of creative en­ergy is im­mense, and we hope that these short­lists help to re­flect that ex­cit­ing, fast-mov­ing the­atre scene.”

Ed­in­burgh’s Royal Lyceum The­atre re­ceived 15 nom­i­na­tions for five dif­fer­ent pro­duc­tions across eight cat­e­gories.

The sense of creative en­ergy is im­mense, and we hope that these short­lists help to re­flect that ex­cit­ing, fast-mov­ing the­atre scene. JOYCE MCMIL­LAN

From left: Death of a Sales­man direc­tor Joe Dou­glas, Billy Mack, who played Willy, and Irene Mac­dougall, who was Linda. Be­low: Gemma McEl­hin­ney.

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