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Two 2017 Science Festival shows shortlisted in CATS awards

Posted: 18 May 2017

We had some fantastic theatre shows as part of this year’s Science Festival programme and we’re absolutely thrilled that two shows have been shortlisted in the 2016-17 Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS).

Presented by the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company and directed by Zinnie Harris, A Number is a brilliantly compelling drama by Caryl Churchill. This dynamic two-hander was the starting point for a powerful debate about the boundaries of ethics and science and we presented a series of associated events discussing the nature of identity and self at Science Festival 2017.


(A Number, actor Brian Fergus, photographer Aly Wright)

A Number is shortlisted in five categories:

  • Best Male Performance, sponsored by STV - Brian Ferguson (Bernard 1, 2 and Michael Black)
  • Best Ensemble, sponsored by Equity
  • Best Design - Fred Meller (designer) and Ben Ormerod (lighting designer)
  • Best Director - Zinnie Harris
  • Best Production 

The second show to be recognised is Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery. Presented by Grid Iron, Lung Ha Theatre Company, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, this family-friendly promenade performance took audiences on a journey through the Zoo while telling the story of a Cryptozoologist’s latest discovery.

Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery is short listed in two categories:

  • Best Technical Presentation, sponsored by BECTU
  • Best Production For Children And Young People, sponsored by Young Scot

The CATS are awarded annually by the theatre critics of Scotland to celebrate the best Scottish theatre achievements. This isn’t the first time shows from the Edinburgh International Science Festival programme have been recognised, at the 2015-16 awards both of the family theatre shows created through our Science in the Spotlight project were shortlisted in the Best Production for Children and Young People category and Borderline Theatre’s Uncanny Valley went on to win the award.

Huge congratulations to the teams behind A Number and Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery for putting on such fine performances this year. The winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on Sunday 11 June at the Festival Theatre and we’ve got our fingers crossed!

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