Dundee’s Peer Nabs Four Scottish Theatre Awards
Date: 16 June 2008
The Tony Awards weren’t the only theatre awards taking place last night (See Today’s Other News). In Glasgow, a ceremony was held to announce the winners of the sixth annual Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland.
Dundee Rep, the only permanent repertory company north of the border, scooped four prizes for its revival of Ibsen’s “famously unstageable” classic Peer Gynt: Best Male Performance (jointly awarded to Keith Fleming and Gerry Mulgrew who shared the title role), Best Design (Naomi Wilkinson), Best Director (Dominic Hill) and Best Production.
Peer Gynt was a co-production with the transient National Theatre of Scotland, which with two more wins for Six Characters in Search of an Author and The Emperor’s New Kilt, triumphed in six of the overall ten categories awarded in the prize-giving set up in 2003.
Elsewhere, Alan Wilkins’ Carthage Must Be Destroyed, premiered at the Traverse Theatre, won Best New Play, and Headlong’s revival of Tony Kushner’s two-part Aids-era epic Angels in America, which later transferred to London’s Lyric Hammersmith, was singled out for Best Technical Presentation, following its run at the co-producing Citizens’ Theatre in Glasgow.
The full shortlists – with winners denoted in bold - in this year’s sixth annual Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, which the year from May 2007 to April 2008, are:
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE Tam Dean Burn - Venus As A Boy, NTS Workshop and Burnt Goods Sean Campion - Gregor in Carthage Must Be Destroyed, Traverse Theatre Keith Fleming and Gerry Mulgrew - Peer Gynt in Peer Gynt, Dundee Rep/NTS Michael Glenn Murphy - John in Shining City, Rapture Theatre
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE Kirsty Bushell - Harper in Angels In America, Citizens' Theatre/Headlong/Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith Amy Manson - The Stepdaughter in Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Royal Lyceum Theatre/Citizens' Theatre/NTS Alison Peebles - Winnie in Happy Days, Dundee Rep Sally Reid - Norma in The Wall, Borderline Theatre
BEST DIRECTOR James Brining - Sunshine On Leith, Dundee Rep Andy Cannon and Iain Johnstone - The Emperor’s New Kilt, Wee Stories/NTS Dominic Hill - Peer Gynt, Dundee Rep/NTS Daniel Kramer - Angels In America, Citizens' Theatre/Headlong/ Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith
BEST ENSEMBLE Peer Gynt - Dundee Rep/NTS Sleeping Beauty - King’s Theatre, Glasgow Sunshine on Leith - Dundee Rep The Wall - Borderline Theatre
BEST NEW PLAY Being Norwegian - by David Greig, A Play, A Pie and A Pint/Paines Plough Carthage Must Be Destroyed - by Alan Wilkins, Traverse Theatre Educating Agnes - by Liz Lochhead, Theatre Babel The Wall - by DC Jackson, Borderline Theatre
BEST PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE Cinderella - MacRobert, Stirling The Emperor's New Kilt - Wee Stories/NTS Jack And The Beanstalk - Dundee Rep The Wizard Of Oz - Royal Lyceum Theatre
BEST DESIGN Becky Minto - The Emperor’s New Kilt, Wee Stories/NTS Soutra Gilmour, Charles Balfour and Mark Bouman - Angels in America, Citizens' Theatre/Headlong/Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith Naomi Wilkinson - Peer Gynt, Dundee Rep/NTS Sans façon - Walden, Magnetic North at Stills Gallery
BEST USE OF MUSIC & SOUND Hilary Brooks - Sunshine On Leith, Dundee Rep Paddy Cunneen - Peer Gynt, Dundee Rep/NTS Alasdair Macrae - Subway, Vanishing Point David Trouton - The Emperor's New Kilt, Wee Stories/NTS
BEST TECHNICAL PRESENTATION Angels In America - Citizens' Theatre/Headlong/Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith The Bacchae - NTS/Edinburgh International Festival Half Life - NVA/NTS at Kilmartin, Mid Argyll Sunshine On Leith - Dundee Rep
BEST PRODUCTION Angels In America - Citizens' Theatre/Headlong/Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith The Emperor's New Kilt - Wee Stories/NTS Peer Gynt - Dundee Rep/NTS Sunshine On Leith - Dundee Rep
- by Terri Paddock
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