Betty Box & Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme

The Awardees

  • Awardees 2016

Christine Robertson

Christine’s first script won the Funny Women Comedy Writing Award in 2011. She has since worked in the writers’ room for series five and six of Trollied, had a comedy feature shortlisted for iFeatures and been selected for BBC Writersroom’s 2015/16 Comedy Room. She was recently commissioned to write sketches for David Walliams and Tracey Ullman, and is currently being mentored by Andy Riley.

Agent: Christina Pickworth

Laura Kirwan-Ashman

Laura initially wrote for the stage, before finding a love for screenplays in 2014, leading to her selection for the Barbican’s Young Film Programmer scheme. In 2015, Laura formed the female film collective Sorta Kinda Maybe Yeah, which recently released its first web series. Laura freelances as a script reader for several production companies as she continues to develop her own original work.


Meryl O’Rourke

Meryl has been performing as a stand-up comedienne since 2003, and in recent years has supported Frankie Boyle on his UK tours. Meryl’s original 2011 one-woman show, Bad Mother, received multiple five-star reviews at Edinburgh Fringe, and has now created her latest show, The Good Wife. Meryl continues to write for leading panel shows, whilst working on her original scripted material for television.


Sasha Collington

Sasha is a graduate of London Film School’s prestigious filmmaking MA and has written and directed six short films. Her most recent short, Lunch Date, screened at festivals worldwide including Aspen Shortsfest where it won a Special Jury Recognition Award. Sasha is currently in post on her debut comedy feature as a writer-director, Love Type D.