Writers Poppy Burton-Morgan and Ross Willis have won in the theatre categories of the Writers’ Guild Awards 2020.
The awards, which took place at the Royal College of Physicians in London on January 13, celebrate writers across 16 categories in theatre, film, television, radio, comedy, books and video games.
Willis won the best play award for his debut work Wolfie, which looks at life in and out of the care system. The award was presented by broadcaster Samira Ahmed.
Burton-Morgan won the best musical theatre bookwriting category for her re-imagining of Wind in the Willows, In the Willows – The Hip Hop Musical, which was awarded by Writers’ Guild president Sandi Toksvig.
The best play for young audiences award, presented by Kumiko Mendl, went to Daniel Ward for his grime and hip hop-inspired gig theatre production The Canary and the Crow.
Other winners included comedy writer John Finnemore for the outstanding contribution to writing award, Timothy X Atack for best radio drama and Danny Brocklehurst for best TV situation comedy.
Toksvig said: “Congratulations to all the Writers’ Guild Awards 2020 winners, it’s a sheer joy just to be in a room among such wonderful writers.
“These ridiculously talented people have kept us entertained throughout the year with their brilliant writing, they have brought us much needed tonic during these challenging times, and we have been spoilt rotten by their wonderful creations.”