Get our free email newsletter with just one click

Yorkshire chip shop musical producer among Olwen Wymark awards winners

#ChipShoptheMusical was staged at various real-life chip shops, including a restaurant in Bolton
by -

The producer behind a musical that toured Yorkshire chip shops is among six theatre figures to be honoured for their support of new writing at this year’s Writers’ Guild’s Olwen Wymark awards.

Deborah Dickinson, who produced the tour of #ChipShoptheMusical, received her award at a ceremony at the Royal Court in London.

Farnham Maltings director Gavin Stride and former Library Theatre artistic director Chris Honer were also among the recipients, all of whom were nominated by a Writers’ Guild member.

The five other winners were Yellow Earth Theatre Company artistic director Kumiko Mendl and literary associate Drayton Hiers, arts consultant Arthur Stafford, journalist Donald Hutera and Beach Hut artistic director Alison Watt.

Dickinson was put forward for the award by #ChipShoptheMusical playwright Emma Hill, who said the producer helped the new show overcome “many challenges”.

“I cannot imagine the show would ever have been made without Deborah’s encouragement and that I would have been able to develop and showcase my writing,” she added.

Stride was nominated by playwright Kevin Dyer, who has had several of his plays staged at the Surrey arts centre.

David James, former chair of the Writers’ Guild theatre committee, has organised the award since its inception in 2005.

He said: “The award was set up to make a statement of how important encouragement is, and is based on the simple premise of saying ‘thank you’. Now in its 12th year, it is a bright spot on the Writers’ Guild’s annual calendar.”

We need your help…

When you subscribe to The Stage, you’re investing in our journalism. And our journalism is invested in supporting theatre and the performing arts.

The Stage is a family business, operated by the same family since we were founded in 1880. We do not receive government funding. We are not owned by a large corporation. Our editorial is not dictated by ticket sales.

We are fully independent, but this means we rely on revenue from readers to survive.

Help us continue to report on great work across the UK, champion new talent and keep up our investigative journalism that holds the powerful to account. Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue.