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Evan Placey



Tanya Tillett

Evan is a Canadian-British playwright who grew up in Toronto and now lives in London. His new adaptation of Jekyll & Hyde recently enjoyed a successful run in the West End, produced by the National Youth Theatre. Also coming up are Keepy Uppy (tutti frutti/tour) and new international productions of Girls Like That in Australia, Germany (in a hearing/non-hearing production), and at the Tarragon Theatre in Canada. The play won him the Writers’ Guild Award in the UK, and continues to tour in France and Germany where it won the Scenic Youth Prize and the Jugend Theatre Preis Baden-Wurttemberg respectively. Most recently his play Orange Polar Bear, co-written with Sun Duck Ko, premiered at the National Theatre Company of Korea in Seoul and his short The Sari (for Forward Theatre Project) premiered at Derby Theatre. Scarberia (Young People’s Theatre in Toronto; 5 Dora nominations including Best Play for Young Audiences) and WiLd! (tutti frutti, UK tour) both premiered in Spring 2016; the latter was remounted at the IPAY Showcase in the USA in 2017, and a German production opens this autumn. Consensual, for National Youth Theatre, ran at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End in 2015, and is currently running in Australia, with the German production opening next year.

He is currently under commission to the National Theatre, Out of Joint, the Unicorn, NYT, and Stratford East (where he is a co-writing a play with Hannah Khalil), as well as developing a play with Birmingham REP. For television he is developing original series with BBC Drama, Scott Free, Mainstreet, and Tall Story. For film he is under commission to Creative England/Bonnie Films writing his first feature.

Mother of Him was Evan’s debut full-length play. It 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. It was also adapted for Radio (BBC Radio 3, The Wire / Little Brother Productions.)

Evan’s plays include: Pronoun (National Theatre Connections); Girls Like That (Synergy/Unicorn; originally produced by Birmingham REP/Theatre Royal Plymouth/West Yorkshire Playhouse); Banana Boys (Hampstead); How Was It For You? (Unicorn); Suicide(s) in Vegas (Canadian tour, nominated for Centaur Theatre Award); Scan Artists (BRIT School/Yard Theatre); Little Criminals (Polka/ York Theatre Royal/ Plymouth Theatre Royal) and Holloway Jones (Synergy Theatre Project, schools tour & Unicorn Theatre; currently touring France) which won the Brian Way Award 2012 for Best Play for Young People.

Consensual, Pronoun, and Girls Like That are all published individually by Nick Hern Books. Evan’s collection Girls Like That & Other Plays for Teenagers, also published by Nick Hern, includes the publications of Banana Boys and Holloway Jones. Pronoun is also published in a collection by Methuen. Mother of Him is published by Samuel French. His plays have been translated into French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, and Korean.

Evan was named on the BBC Talent Hotlist 2017. He was part of the BBC’s TV Drama Writing Programme, Channel 4’s inaugural 4Screenwriting talent scheme, the Kudos/Bush Theatre development scheme, and was shortlisted for the Red Planet Prize (Kudos and Red Planet Pictures.) Evan has previously been on attachment with the National Theatre Studio, as well as Birmingham REP and the Unicorn Theatre. In 2017 and 2013 he was one of the writers on the Banff Playwrights’ Colony in Canada, and was a MacDowell Fellow in the USA in 2014.

Evan’s one-act and short plays include: Phone Play (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Festival Fringe); Dinner on the Fourteenth Floor (Harbourfront Centre for the Arts, Canada & Orange Tree, Seoul, South Korea); RainbowBright23 (Rough Cuts Festival, Royal Court); Twelve (Daring Pairings Festival, Hampstead / Factory & Latitude Festival 2010); Struck by Love/Train (Box of Tricks/Theatre 503); Re:Generation – a community play (Montage Theatre Arts); Grains of a Brighton Summer (Roundhouse / Forward Theatre Project); True Love Waits (co-written, Tour: Box of Tricks Theatre/ Pulse Festival/ Latitude Festival 2011/ Theatre 503/ Nu:Write Festival, Croatia); Terror Tales (Hampstead Theatre); Supergrass (DryWrite/ Bush); Live Feed (nabakov/ Soho); Running Scared (Conspirators/The Yard); Of Love, Friendship & Protest (Company of Angels); Band Wagon (Theatre Uncut/Offstage Theatre). Evan’s poetry is published in TOK 2: Writing the New Toronto (Zypher Press) which he write while under an Emerging Writer Mentorship with Diaspora Dialogues.

Evan is a graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama, McGill University, and the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme and Invitation Group. Evan is a Creative Writing Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton, and also teaches playwriting for the National Theatre, the Tricycle, Arvon, and in prisons.

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