Perth Theatre and Morna Young’s fishing drama Lost at Sea is riding the crest of a wave after landing four nominations in the prestigious Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS).

The critically acclaimed production, currently touring across Scotland, is up for Best Ensemble, Best Director for Ian Brown, Best Design for Karen Tennent and Katharine Williams, and Best Music and Sound for Pippa Murphy.

Inspired by the loss of playwright Morna Young’s fisherman father, Lost at Sea had its world premiere in Perth Theatre on Thursday 25 April, reeling in four star reviews from national press - : “superb" (★★★★The Scotsman),“exceptional” (★★★★The National), “mesmerising” (★★★★The Stage), “a show of collective strength” (★★★★The Herald), “timeless” (★★★★The Times), “a poignant tribute to fishing communities” (★★★★The Observer) “goes down a storm” (★★★★The Guardian).

Mike Griffiths, interim chief executive of Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre said:

“We are delighted that Perth Theatre is once again on the list of CATS nominations. It has taken several years to get Morna’s beautiful, funny and moving play, Lost at Sea, on stage and it is very exciting to be taking the production on its world premiere tour across Scotland. The response from audiences has been overwhelmingly positive and emotional. The creative team, the ensemble cast and Ian Brown, our inspirational director, richly deserve this recognition for turning this wonderful script into the theatrical tour de force that it is.”

Morna Young said:

“I'm really delighted that Lost at Sea has been recognised by the CATS awards. I wrote the play in 2011 and it has been an enormous journey of sweat, blood and tears to reach this stage of production. Those we have lost at sea live on through the stories we share and I hope, in some small way, that this work helps honour their memory. I am thrilled by the positive response from audiences and critics alike and delighted that the work of the team has been recognised in bringing this story to the stage.” 

Lost at Sea is still touring Scotland with upcoming performances in His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen (Thu 9 – Sat 11 May), Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock (Tue 14 May), Eden Court, Inverness (Thu 16 – Sat 18 May), Kings Theatre, Edinburgh (Mon 20 – Wed 22 May) and D&G Arts Festival, Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries (Fri 24 May). See venues for ticket prices and further information.

Open to all, the 17th Annual CATS Awards take place in Tramway, Glasgow on Sunday 9 June. For tickets and info visit

Monday 20 May 2019