The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2024: Guest of Honour, Roy Williams

We are thrilled to share that esteemed playwright, Roy Williams will be our Guest of Honour at the Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2024 Ceremony! Roy will give a special welcome address before we announce the five recipients of the £10,000 Fellowships!⁠

Roy Williams began writing plays in 1990 and is now one of the country’s leading dramatists. In 2000 he was the joint-winner of The George Devine Award and in 2001 he was awarded the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. He was awarded the OBE for Services to Drama in the 2008 Birthday Honours List and was made a fellow of The Royal Society of Literature in 2018.⁠

Roy Williams’ work in theatre includes Death of England, Death of England: Delroy, Death of England: Closing Time (all co-written with Clint Dyer), Baby Girl, Slow Time and Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads for the National Theatre; Sucker Punch (Olivier Award nomination for Best Play and joint winner of the Alfred Fagon Award), Fallout, Clubland and Lift Off at the Royal Court. Days of Significance for the RSC; Wildefire, Local Boy, The Firm and The Fellowship at Hampstead Theatre. Out West and Absolute Beginners at Lyric Hammersmith; The No-Boys Cricket Club and Kingston 14 at Stratford East; and Soul: The Untold Story of Marvin Gaye for Hackney Empire at the Royal & Derngate. ⁠

His work for TV and film includes Death Of England: Face to Face (BAFTA nomination for Best single drama) Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle (BAFTA nominated for Best Short Form Programme), Fallout, Babyfather, Offside and Fast Girls. Radio includes The Likes of Us, The Midwich Cuckoos (adaptation), Faith Hope & Glory, Bess Loves Porgy and eight series of The Interrogation.⁠

We are so honoured to welcome Roy!

The Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 28 February at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre in London. Watch the welcome address and follow all the award announcements via Instagram Live on the night from 7 pm!⁠