Traverse Theatre Company scoops ten CATS nominations across three productions

News 10 May 2019
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We are thrilled to be able to reveal that the Traverse Theatre Company is the top nominated Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) company for 2019 – scooping ten nominations across three productions.


  • Best New Play
  • Best Male Performance (Lorn Macdonald)
  • Best Director (Orla O’Loughlin)

What Girls Are Made Of

  • Best Production
  • Best Female Performance (Cora Bissett)
  • Best Music & Sound (Michael John McCarthy)

Ulster American

  • Best New Play
  • Best Production
  • Best Female Performance (Lucianne McEvoy)
  • Best Male Performance (Darrell D’Silva)

The shortlists include a fourth nomination for two-time CATS winner Kieran Hurley (Mouthpiece), and a first-time nomination in the playwright category for David Ireland (Ulster American). After a year that has seen the Traverse Theatre Company mark a record breaking spell of touring – including UK and global stop-offs for the three nominated productions – we are thrilled to be so extensively recognised. It’s been a year that has spoken confidently of our commitment to widening our cultural contacts with the rest of the world –sharing Scottish new writing with as big an audience as possible.

Elsewhere, our chums at A Play, A Pie, and A Pint – which tours here from Òran Mór with a ‘presented by the Traverse Theatre’ credit – also received a Best Actor nomination for John Michie’s turn in Rob Drummond’s The Mack.

The ceremony will take place Sunday 9 June, 3:30pm, at Tramway.