A SALISBURY theatre writer and mentor has been recognised by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) for her work encouraging new writers.

Angela Street was a recipient of the Guild’s annual Olwen Wymark Theatre Encouragement Awards, which were presented during a ceremony at the Royal Court Theatre in London on Friday (February 2).

Angela, who runs Playwriting Salisbury+, was an associate practitioner at Salisbury Playhouse until 2015 and now leads workshops at Salisbury Arts Centre and throughout the south west to support and develop new writers.

On receiving the award Angela said:“I’m so excited. It is nice to have been recognised.”

Angela has been a writer for about 20 years, working with new writers to help get their work produced, particularly women.

She was nominated by WGGB member Pippa Roberts for her support of women in theatre and inspiring Pippa during an Emerging Writers course. In her nomination she praised Angela “passion” for theatre and writer, adding: “Angie has been an inspiration to me – because of her humour and down-to-earth realism.”

Angela says more funding is needed to support new writers and the work she does mentoring them. She said: “More needs to be done to bring new work and a broad range of work to the stage.

“We need funding to continue this work.”

The Olwen Wymark awards, in memory of playwright Olwen Wymark, were set up to give WGGB members the opportunity to thank those who had given them a positive experience in new writing.