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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. His debut play Mother of Him 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 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 is Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Southampton, and also teaches playwriting for the National Theatre and in prisons.

Evan’s play Consensual is returning in October 2018 to Soho Theatre, produced again by the National Youth Theatre. His play Orange Polar Bear, cowritten with Sun Duck Ko, will be produced in a bilingual production in Korean and English opening at the National Theatre Company of Korea in Seoul in October, before transferring to Birmingham REP in November.


In development:

McKenzie (Script) – Mainstreet/Channel 4

Stamford Hill (Script) – Tall Story, ITV Studios

Civil (Script) – Artis, BBC Studios / BBC

Slur (treatment) – Carnival/ Jess Pope

Like Nobody’s Watching (Script) – Brazen Productions/ Jules Hussey

Book Adaptation (treatment) – BBC Studios

Malpractice – (Script Option) – Euston Films

Book Adaptation – Blue Bear Film & TV

Book Adaptation (Script) – Magic Light Pictures

Additional: Named on BBC Talent Hotlist 2017; BBC Writers Programme; Channel 4’s inaugural 4Screenwriting talent scheme; the Kudos/Bush Theatre development scheme; Shortlisted for the Red Planet Prize (Kudos and Red Planet Pictures.)


In development:

Watermelon Seeds (Feature Script) – Bonnie Films/BFI

Untitled Film – Who’s On First Films/ Dan Hine


In Development:

Paper Dragons  – National Theatre

Life Story – Out of Joint

Orange Polar Bear – Hanyong/Birmingham REP/ National Theatre Company of Korea

Cat A – Synergy Theatre

Birthright – Stratford East (co-written with Hannah Khalil)


Keepy Uppy – tutti frutti, UK Tour

Jekyll & Hyde – NYT/ Ambassadors Theatre, West End

WiLd! – tutti frutti, UK tour & USA

Scarberia – Young People’s Theatre, Canada

Consensual – NYT/ Ambassadors Theatre, West End

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

Mother of Him – Courtyard Theatre; radio adaptation: BBC Radio 3 (The Wire)

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.

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