Evan Placey is a Canadian UK-based playwright.
His debut full-length play Mother of Him won Canada’s RBC Under 30 National Playwriting Competition (Tarragon Theatre) and the King’s Cross Award for New Writing (UK). It was also shortlisted for the Rod Hall Memorial Award (Rod Hall/ Paines Plough Theatre Company). It premiered at the Courtyard Theatre (London, UK) in June 2010. A production in Hebrew will premiere at the Beit Lessin Theatre, Tel Aviv next year, and a Canadian production is in development.
His next full-length play, Banana Boys (a play for young people) was commissioned and produced by the Hampstead Theatre’s heat&light company in December 2010.
Evan is currently on attachment with the Royal National Theatre writing his next play. He is under commission with Synergy Theatre Company to write a play for young people which will tour London schools and prisons in Autumn 2011. He will soon be on joint attachment with Birmingham Rep Theatre and the Unicorn Theatre.
Evan is also on a scheme with Channel 4, where he is writing a three-part television drama; he is also developing a TV series with Little Brother Productions.
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 Theatre, Seoul, South Korea); RainbowBright23 (Rough Cuts Festival, Royal Court Theatre); Twelve (Daring Pairings Festival, Hampstead Theatre/ Factory Theatre & 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). Suicide(s) in Vegas will tour Canadian Fringe Festivals this summer.
Performed Readings & development include: Plays Well With Others (Glasgay Festival/ Citizens Theatre); Borders (Hampstead Theatre); Snow Falls on the Oublie Trees (Churchill Theatre); On the Harmful Effects . . . (York Theatre Royal/ Forward Theatre Project).
Evan graduated with a BA (first-class honours) from McGill University, where he was awarded both the Clark Lewis Prize for Playwriting and the Lionel Shapiro Award for Creative Writing, followed by an MA with Distinction in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media from the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. Evan was in the Young Writers Programme at the Royal Court Theatre, and was also invited into their Invitation Writers Group, where he wrote Dyspr@x[sic], which he is continuing to develop. He was also invited onto the advanced playwrights’ programme at RADA, taught by Stephen Jeffreys.
Evan was an Emerging Writer with Diaspora Dialogues (Toronto) and his poetry was subsequently published in the book TOK 2: Writing the New Toronto (Zypher Press).
Evan also runs playwriting and theatre outreach projects for young people and adults, for various theatres across London.