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City theatre given 11 nominations

Cora Bisset in “Midsummer” a Traverse production (Pic: Matthew Pidgeon)
Cora Bisset in “Midsummer” at the Traverse Theatre

The Traverse has scooped 11 nominations in the prestigious Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (Cats).

The theatre, which specialises in new writing, is leading the field for the awards, with 11 nominations across seven categories.

They include three out of the four nominations in the category for best new play.

Midsummer, Pornography and Cockroach were all commissioned or co-commissioned by the Traverse.

The Dundee Rep, which swept the board at the 2008 Awards with its production of Peer Gynt, has a strong showing with eight nominations across five categories, including two nominations for Best Production - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Beauty and the Beast.

The Traverse Theatre is the country's most important supporter of new dramatic writing and its success is vital in creating a bright, strong future for Scottish theatre
Joyce McMillan
Cats Awards

Meanwhile, Glasgow's Citizens' has six nominations, including four for Sub Rosa by David Leddy.

The quality of the work being presented by Scotland's touring companies was also underlined, with 10 being recognised in this year's shortlists, ranging from Inverness-based Dogstar to Rowan Tree, which works out of the Scottish Borders.

"The Traverse Theatre is the country's most important supporter of new dramatic writing and its success in that role is vital in creating a bright, strong future for Scottish theatre," said Joyce McMillan, co-convenor of the Cats Awards.

Mrs McMillan said: "As the critical acclaim overseas for previous Cats winners such as Black Watch and Dissocia has demonstrated Scotland is producing work of international calibre.

"The growing number of international collaborations, three of which are recognised in this year's awards, underscores the extent to which Scottish companies are now seen as being a major force in world theatre."

The awards will be presented in a ceremony at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh on Sunday, 14 June.



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