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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie scoops inaugural Writers’ Guild award celebrating musical theatre book writing

A scene from Everybody's Talking About Jamie. Photo: Alastair Muir A scene from Everybody's Talking About Jamie. Photo: Alastair Muir
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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has won the inaugural musical theatre book writing category at the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards 2019.

The new category was announced in September 2018, joining 14 existing prizes at the annual awards, which celebrate achievement in writing for film, television, radio, theatre, comedy, books and video games.

Tom MacRae wrote the book for the West End musical, which is booking at the Apollo Theatre until September 28.

Musicals writer Jenifer Toksvig, who is the WGGB theatre co-chair, said: “The creation of a book that can be woven together with a score is a unique and complex craft, and one that is often overlooked in favour of the somewhat shinier songs.

“We are delighted to be acknowledging and celebrating great book writing.”

Other winners at the WGGB Awards included playwright Frances Poet, whose play Gut topped the best play category, which also included works by Testament and Ben Weatherill.

Tim Crouch won the best play for young audiences category for Beginners, which premiered at the Unicorn Theatre in London in March last year.

Screenwriter and playwright Heidi Thomas, whose plays include Indigo, Shamrocks and Crocodiles, and The House of Special Purpose, was honoured with the outstanding contribution to writing award.

Fleabag writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge was also recognised in the ceremony, in the best long form TV drama category for episode 5 of BBC drama Killing Eve.

The awards took place at the at the Royal College of Physicians in London on January 14.

Presenters at the event included playwright Debbie McAndrew and actor and comedian Josie Lawrence.

WGGB president Olivia Hetreed said: “60 years on from the founding of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain it is thrilling to see that British writing and British writers are in such great shape, with a fantastic array of winners across all disciplines.”

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