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New theatre flies high at awards
Roam was named as best production of the year
The new National Theatre of Scotland has picked up six prestigious awards - less than four months after its first public performances.

The company came out on top at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (Cats) ceremony in Dundee.

Roam, the NTS's collaboration with Edinburgh's Grid Iron company, won three gongs including best production.

Best new play was Blackbird by David Harrower, which had its premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival.

It has since transferred to London's West End and been staged in Germany and Austria.

Roam was hugely ambitious in every sense
Robert Dawson Scott
Awards convener

Cats convener Robert Dawson Scott said Grid Iron was one of the world's best exponents of site-specific work.

"Roam was hugely ambitious in every sense, and despite enormous difficulties, Grid Iron pulled it off," he said.

"What is significant about the National Theatre of Scotland's involvement is that it enabled existing talent, in this case Grid Iron, to operate on a bigger and more ambitious scale, a clear illustration of how the NTS is supposed to work."

The production, which was staged at Edinburgh Airport, brought together amateurs and professionals to conjure up the romance and frustration of flight.

The NTS's other awards were for Home: East Lothian, which won best children's show and best design, and for Home: Shetland, which won best music.

Cultural activities

Glasgow's Citizens Theatre picked up two awards for its production of Molly Sweeney. Cara Kelly was named best female actor and Gregory Thompson was named best director.

Liam Brennan followed in the footsteps of Dr Who star David Tennant when he won best male actor for his portrayal of Odon von Horvath in Tales from Hollywood at Perth Theatre.

Dundee councillor Joe Morrow said hosting the awards had allowed the city to showcase the excellence of its cultural activities.

Next year's ceremony will be held in Pitlochry.

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