Evan Placey



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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. Evan was just named on the Brit List 2022 for his TV script Stamford Hill. Most recently his adaptation of Jekyll & Hyde was 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. He received the Literature Matters Award from the Royal Society of Literature for his upcoming play with Synergy Theatre.

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 – Writer 1 x 60’ & Associate Producer 6 x 60’ (Sky/Synchronicity Films) – production begins January 2023.



Peter Pan – Rose Theatre, opening Christmas 2023.

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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