Chris Tally Evans

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Evans in 2015

Chris Tally Evans is a Welsh disabled artist, actor, director, and writer. He trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama as a performer and graduated from Trinity College, London, with a teaching diploma.

Career[edit]

Evans' interest in theatre and music started as a teenager when he joined West Glamorgan Youth Theatre and West Glamorgan Youth Arts Company as an actor, dancer and musician. He was lead guitarist for the West Glamorgan Youth Arts Company production of Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" at Swansea's Brangwyn Hall and London's Wembley Arena and was a dancer in Vaughan Williams' "Job" at a performance attended by the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981. In both these productions he shared the stage with Russell T Davies, writer and producer of Doctor Who. By the age of 14 he was playing the guitar semi-professionally in pubs and clubs in the Swansea area, as well as for a number of theatre shows. For two years at this time he was lead guitarist in the backing band of a very young Catherine Zeta-Jones. Later Evans played in a number of bands including the electric folk band Straight From the Wood who chalked up memorable appearances at Club Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Gwyl Pontardawe Festival and the Village Pump Folk Festival in Trowbridge. Evans has had both poetry and prose published, directed many theatre productions and has performed himself in the United States, Canada, Poland and New Zealand. His film work was exhibited at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, in 2011.

Evans at the opening of the Shift exhibition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, in 2011

The Arts Council of Wales granted Evans a Major Creative Wales Award in 2009 and he performed work created at this time at the InterACT Disability Arts Festival in Auckland, New Zealand.[1] His unlimited commission, Turning Points,[2][3] was shown in the Southbank Centre, London during the 2012 Paralympic Games and then went on to be exhibited in Doha, Qatar, in 2013 as part of the Middle East's first ever disability arts festival.[4] He has featured in HTV's award winning documentary, One in Six, on BBC 2W's The Arts Show, and wrote and performed a five-part series for BBC Radio 4 called My Mile of the River.[5] His March 2014 production, 21st Century Dinosaurs, with a visually impaired cast,[6] was reviewed favourably by Sarah Finch of National Theatre Wales.[7] He wrote, performed and made video content for National Theatre Wales/Celf o Gwmpas' Big Democracy Project which responded to the question "Are disabled people an easy target for the cuts?" in June 2015. In 2015 he was appointed a National Adviser to the Arts Council of Wales.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wales Arts International | Chris Tally Evans in New Zealand". Wai.org.uk. 30 October 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  2. ^ Arts Council (16 November 2012). "Unlimited: Chris Tally Evans". YouTube. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  3. ^ "London 2012 Festival: Sir Roger Moore in Turning Points film - BBC News". Bbc.com. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Chris Tally Evans". Disability Arts Cymru. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Chris Tally Evans' love affair with rivers". Wales Online. 14 February 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  6. ^ Price, Karen (21 March 2014). "The new drama challenging pre-conceptions about the visually impaired". Wales Online. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  7. ^ Finch, Sarah (2 April 2014). "Young Critics Review: 21st Century Dinosaurs!". National Theatre Wales Community. Retrieved 21 May 2015.