Farnham Maltings production wins prestigious Writers’ Guild Award

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posted Sun 22 May 2022

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A theatre piece commissioned and produced by Farnham Maltings; The Syrian Baker by Kevin Dyer has won ‘Play of the Year’ at the Writers Guild of Great Britain Awards.

The awards in their 29th year – spanning 16 categories in film, television, radio, theatre, comedy, books, and videogames, took place at a ceremony at the Royal College of Physicians in London on Monday 14 February 2022.

The Syrian Baker tells the story of two young men who take the decision to return to their home to bake bread for their community, ‘because without bread there is nothing’.

The production opened at Farnham Maltings and toured across Surrey and the southwest last autumn for a short run of performances. It will return this autumn for a national tour including Wales and Scotland.

Two male actors smiling and appearing joyful, one holds a bowl

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“For a play, commissioned and produced for village halls this is a big deal. It further illustrates that some of the most exciting, contemporary theatre can be found in the most surprising of places.”

Gavin Stride, Director

Kevin was presented his award by Emma Reeves whose writing credits include TV’s The Worst Witch (2017) and The Dumping Ground (2013).

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“It’s been a complete joy to host this year’s Writers’ Guild Awards and to be among such incredible writing talent from all areas of our industry. Congratulations to all of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards 2022 winners – you are simply magnificent!”

Sandi Toksvig OBE, host and President of WCGB

Find out more about the Writer’s Guild Awards here.

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