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Evan Placey



Tanya Tillett

Evan is a Canadian-British playwright and screenwriter who grew up in Toronto and now lives in London. His work for adults and young audiences has been produced internationally and translated into multiple languages. CURRENTLY his adaptation of Jekyll & Hyde is being produced by the National Theatre for a tour in 2022. His debut play Mother of Him was recently revived at the Park Theatre. It previously won the King’s Cross Award for New Writing, Canada’s RBC National Playwriting Competition (Tarragon), and the Samuel French Canadian Play Contest, and was shortlisted for the Meyer Whitworth Award and the Rod Hall Memorial Award. Evan won the Brian Way Award for Holloway Jones, while Girls Like That won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play for Young Audiences, the Scenic Youth Prize and the Orpheon Bibliotheque Prize for Contemporary Theatre for Young Audiences in France and the Jugend Theatre Preis Baden-Wurttemberg in Germany. Scarberia was nominated for 5 Dora Awards in Canada.

Most recently Evan received a Literature Matters Award from the Royal Society of Literature. Evan’s work is primarily published by Nick Hern Books, including his collection Girls Like That and Other Plays for Teenagers, and he is also published by Samuel French and Methuen. Evan teaches playwriting for the National Theatre and in prisons. He also moonlights as Vice-Chair for various Fostering & Adoption panels.

Evan has several original series for television in development with broadcasters. He was named on the BBC Talent Hotlist and was part of both the BBC TV Drama Writers’ Programme and Channel 4’s 4Screenwriting. His first script for television, AMC’s anthology drama series Soulmates, has its UK premiere in 2021 on Amazon. Evan’s self- contained episode is a queer romance-adventure. Evan’s debut film is in development with the BFI.


Soulmates – 1 x 60’ (AMC/Fearless Minds) – airing on Amazon 2021 The Tattooist of Auschwitz – 1 x 60’ (Synchronicity Films) – date TBD


Jekyll & Hyde – National Theatre tour; previously NYT/ Ambassadors Theatre, West End & Birmingham REP
Mother of Him – Park Theatre
Orange Polar Bear – Hanyong/Birmingham REP/ National Theatre Company of Korea Keepy Uppy – tutti frutti, UK Tour

WiLd! – tutti frutti, UK tour & USA
Scarberia – Young People’s Theatre, Canada

Consensual – NYT/ Ambassadors Theatre, West End & Soho Theatre
Little Criminals – Polka/Plymouth Theatre Royal/York Theatre Royal
Pronoun – National Theatre Connections
Girls Like That – Unicorn/Synergy & Tour; first produced Birmingham REP, West Yorkshire Playhouse & Plymouth Theatre Royal

Scan Artists – BRIT school/ Yard Theatre
How was it for you? – Unicorn
Holloway Jones – Synergy & Tour
Banana Boys – Hampstead Theatre
Phone Play – Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Various short plays for: Royal Court, Roundhouse, Theatre 503, Latitude Festival, Bush, DryWrite, Hampstead, Factory, Soho/Nabakov, Forward Theatre Projects, Company of Angels, Theatre Uncut/Offstage Theatre.

Attachments & Residencies: National Theatre; Birmingham REP; Unicorn; MacDowell Colony, USA; Banff Playwrights’ Lab, Canada.


Mother of Him – BBC Radio 3 (The Wire)

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