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I Am Tiger, a co-commission between Perth Theatre and Imaginate has been named Best Production for Children and Young People at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS).
The show triumphed 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+; 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 Awards ceremony at Tron Theatre on Sunday 11 September 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 I Am Tiger, which premiered at Perth Theatre in May 2022 before enjoying a run at the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival said:
“I couldn’t be more proud of this show. Creating a piece of theatre which delivered a physical, visceral experience of the chaos of grief was a powerful and exciting journey. The conversations it engendered with the young audiences who saw it changed me.”
Horsecross Arts is supported by Creative Scotland, Perth & Kinross Council and The Gannochy Trust.