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2016 Perth International Arts Festival presents

Evie Manning

United Kingdom


Evie co-founded Common Wealth with Rhiannon and has conceived, directed and produced all Common Wealth shows to date. Evie was brought up in Bradford and lives in Bradford today. Evie’s directed a wide range of site-specific work ranging from big community casts in the middle of housing estates to performances in taxis. Evie works with people from all walks of life from 4-80 years old, making contemporary work with people completely new to theatre and with experienced actors. Evie also worked in museum education with secondary school students, young adults considered NEET and with young offenders at National Maritime Museum, Houses of Parliament, London Transport Museum, British Empire and Commonwealth Museum and worked for the Understanding Slavery Initiative developing theatre and art approaches to the teaching of Trans-Atlantic Slavery. As a freelance director, credits include: Taxi Tales by Ishy Din (Tamasha), At Night by Louise Wallwein (Royal Exchange), Worlds Apart by Aisha Zia (Chol), Everyday Heroes (Chol/Royal Exchange), Slipping Through the Net by Chris O’Connor, (Freedom Studios), Magna Carta on Trial (Freedom Studios/Mind the Gap), Photography Party (Royal Exchange). Evie received a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship in 2015.