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Perthshire theatres express pride about new plays that picked up CATS awards

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Perth Theatre and Pitlochry Festival Theatre are both celebrating their original content winning at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS).

I Am Tiger, a co-commission between Perth Theatre and Imaginate has been named Best Production for Children and Young People at the CATS.The show premiered at Perth Theatre in May 2022 before enjoying a run at the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival.It triumphed at the CATS awards in a hotly contested category which also included The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, Perth Theatre’s co-production with Helen Milne Productions and The Roald Dahl Story Company.Written by Oliver Emanuel, I Am Tiger was inspired by the fact that the number one killer of men in the UK under 40 is suicide – and that there are now more tigers kept as pets than live in the wild.Created for young people aged 12 and above, told through the eyes of Laura who has lost her older brother to suicide, I Am Tiger is a heart-breaking, comic and thought-provoking story about living with loss.Freelance journalist and theatre critic Thom Dibdin, who presented the award at the CATS ceremony at Tron Theatre on Sunday, September 11, said: “I Am Tiger is an immense and important play that dares to speak frankly about a big issue - the suicide of an older sibling.

This award is for the whole Tiger Team.” Lu Kemp, Perth Theatre’s artistic director who directed said: “I couldn’t be more proud of this show.

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