Scots Mack & Bissett Win Stage Acting Awards
Scottish performers Billy Mack and Cora Bissett took the Best Actor and Actress awards, Mack for The Sound of My Voice, a Glasgow Citizens production at Assembly, and Bissett for Midsummer (A Play With Songs) at the Traverse - one of the venue's seven nominations (See News, 21 Aug 2009).
Chair of the awards William McEvoy said this year's nominations had proved that "storytelling is back with a vengeance", adding that he felt 2009 has been an "extraordinary year with numerous outstanding shows and performances". Nearly 350 productions were considered for the awards, which are judged each year by The Stage newspaper's senior reviewing team.
Other winners this year were Belfast-based Green Shoot Productions, who won Best Ensemble for Chronicles of Long Kesh at Assembly, and George Mann, who won Best Solo Performer for his physical retelling of Homer's Odyssey in Theatre ad Infinitum's production at the Pleasance Dome.
THE STAGE AWARDS FOR ACTING EXCELLENCE WINNERS
BEST SOLO PERFORMER