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Outlander star Grant O'Rourke wins theatre award

Grant O'Rourke (right) in the Royal Lyceum production Image copyright Royal Lyceum
Image caption Grant O'Rourke (right) in the Royal Lyceum production

Outlander star Grant O'Rourke has been named best actor at a theatre awards ceremony for his performance on the Scottish stage.

O'Rourke won the Best Male Performance Award for his role in The Venetian Twins at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh.

The Royal Lyceum dominated the 2015 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS), winning six of the ten awards.

Its production Caucasian Chalk Circle took four awards.

The Brecht play won Best Production, Best Female Performance (Amy Manson), Best Ensemble and Best Director (Mark Thomson).

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Image caption The Caucasian Chalk Circle won four awards
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Image caption The Venetian Twins was one of six successes for the Royal Lyceum Theatre

The judges said: "In a remarkable season at the Lyceum, Mark Thomson's production of Brecht's great play stood out for its scale, ambition and unabashed theatricality."

Another Royal Lyceum production, Bondagers, picked up the Best Design Award.

O'Rourke plays Rupert MacKenzie in the US-produced TV show Outlander, which is a historical time-travel series set in 18th century Scotland.

The Edinburgh-born actor won his award for playing twins Zanetto and Tonino in the Royal Lyceum production.

CATS co-convener Mark Fisher said: "This has been another wonderful year for theatre in Scotland, and it speaks volumes about the quality of the work being produced at the Royal Lyceum that no fewer than three of its productions have triumphed against such strong competition."

In 2015, 196 productions were eligible for the CATS including 78 new plays.

WINNERS 2015 CATS AWARDS

  • CATS Whiskers - Junction 25 on its tenth anniversary
  • Best Male Performance - Grant O'Rourke (Zanetto and Tonino), The Venetian Twins, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
  • Best Female Performance - Amy Manson (Grusha), The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
  • Best Ensemble - The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
  • Best Director - Mark Thomson, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
  • Best Design - Jamie Vartan (designer) and Simon Wilkinson (lighting designer), Bondagers, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
  • Best Music and Sound - Collins (musician), Gameli Tordzro (musician) and Matt Padden (sound design), Last Dream (On Earth), Kai Fischer in association with National Theatre of Scotland and Tron Theatre, Glasgow
  • Best Technical Presentation - Slope, Untitled Projects in partnership with KILTR, Citizens Theatre and Traverse Theatre Company
  • Best Production for Children and Young People - The Voice Thief, Catherine Wheels Theatre Company
  • Best New Play - Martin McCormick, Squash, A Play, a Pie and a Pint in association with the Traverse Theatre Company
  • Best Production - The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

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