Chris Tally Evans
Chris Tally Evans is a disabled writer, performer and director living and working from home in Rhayader in Mid Wales and winner of a Major Creative Wales Award in April 2009. His 5 part series, My Mile of the River, was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 earlier this year to general acclaim including a blessing from the pulpit in his local church, and is repeated every afternoon from the 14th-18th Dec at 3.45pm. This follows the success of My History of Falconry (2006). Both were produced in Cardiff by Steve Groves. Chris recently worked with Disability Arts Cymru's hothouse for disabled actors, The Unusual Stage School, on a promenade performance "At The Moulin Rouge" performed as part of The Unity Festival at The Wales Millennium Centre. Chris is best known for working with inclusive groups and with groups of disabled performers, most notably as Artistic Director with Disability Arts Cymru's Unusual Stage School. The Unusual Stage School started as a two week residential summer school for disabled performers, culminating in acclaimed performances at Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan, The Grand Theatre, Swansea, DaDa International, Liverpool, Galeri, Caernarvon, The Riverfront Centre, Newport and The Senedd, Cardiff 2008. Chris is currently working with DAC to create a programme of work with young people as part of the Cultural Olympiad. A graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Trinity College, London, Chris has previously worked with St David's Hall, Chapter Arts Centre, and was co-founder of Theatre Addix. He has also set up and managed a number of community arts projects including Newport Integrated Arts and was, for 3 years, Director of Carad (Community Arts Rhayader and District) and, for many years, Chair of Community Music Wales. Abroad, Chris has worked for the Centre for English and American Studies in Krakow, Poland and with ImprovBoston USA. In 2003, he was commissioned to write and perform for The Welsh Assembly Government's Launch of The European Year of Disabled People and this led to a number of radio and television appearances including HTV's award-winning documentary 'One in Six', which featured Chris's stand-up performance at Chapter Arts Centre, BBC 2 Wales's 'On Show' and 'Define Normal', a 5 part series for BBC 2W. Chris has received a number of awards from The Arts Council of Wales Lottery Fund for projects which promote the inclusion of disabled people as artists and arts participants. Chris also provides Disability Equality and Diversity Training and consultancy. Current clients include: The Welsh Assembly Government, Disability Wales, Visit Wales and Leonard Cheshire Disability.
Major Creative Wales Award 2009
Chris started out in life with 20/20 vision, now his sight is impaired he describes these two halves of seeing the world as his ?First and Second sight?. He intends to develop this theme further in his Creative Wales Project, to explore his own stories working with mentors in Wales and abroad. Chris wishes to push the boundaries of digital storytelling and use writing and soundscape; live, improvised and considered, culminating in a new body of work.
This journey will inevitably open unexpected doors and take him to new and unplanned places. Tales of First and Second Sight will cover family history and identity, urban and rural contrasts, obsessions, humour and disabling experiences in new and exciting ways.