Chris Tally Evans

Chris trained as an actor at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and a theatre and voice teacher at Trinity College, London. After coming back from France in 1985 Chris worked for a number of theatre companies including Pandemonium, Moving Being, Caricature and Sherman Cymru before forming Theatre Addix which created issue based shows for young people. Chris worked in the Centre for American and English studies in Krakow, Poland, and with ImprovBoston, USA.

In 1990 Chris became a disabled person with a genetic visual impairment and became active in the disabled people's movement, speaking out against prejudice and injustice on a variety of platforms. As well as writing articles for a variety of publications, published work includes Hidden Dragons, Parthian (2005) and The Dancing Pilgrimage of Water, Carreg Gwalch (2010). Chris worked for Disability Arts Cymru, particularly as Artistic Director of The Unusual Stage School, and for St David's Hall and Chapter Arts Centre. In 1998 Chris moved to Mid Wales and was Director of CARAD until 2001.

In 2009 Chris won a Major Creative Wales Award. This generated Tales of First and Second Sight which was performed in Wales, Canada, New Zealand and had video content exhibited at the John F. Kennedy Centre, Washington DC, USA and on Big Screens throughout the UK. In 2010 Chris won an Unlimited Commission for the London 2012 Festival. The resulting film, Turning Points, was screened in Wales, at the Southbank Centre, London and in Doha, Qatar as part of the Middle East's first ever disability arts festival. In November 2023 Chris presented the Radio Wales documentary Not Really Human: The Fight for Disability Rights in Wales. In May 2022 Chris presented In Search of Captain Cat for BBC Radio Wales. The programme was broadcast again in February 2023. He wrote and presented a 5 part series, My Mile of the River, for BBC Radio 4. His work has also been broadcast on BBC Radio Wales, BBC2W, HTV Wales and The Community Channel.

Skin, Muscle and Bone - Pele, Muscolo, Osso, Chris’ brand new score will be performed in a dance show with Brazilian inclusive company, Dança sem Fronteiras, in the Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff as part of the Unity Festival at the beginning of July 2024. in June 2023 Chris, dramaturg and a group of theatre creatives lived and worked in the Dylan Thomas Birthplace, 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea to dive deeper into Chris’ script, The Nine Lives of Thomas Cat, a prequel to Dylan Thomas’ well-loved character from Under Milk Wood but viewed through the lens of a disabled writer who shares Cat’s impairment. A livestream work in progress event was a great success. Chris' theatre production, 21st Century Dinosaurs, was premiered at Chapter, Cardiff, in March 2014 and was favourably reviewed by, among others, Young Critic, Sarah Finch.

Chris has advised the Arts Council of Wales, the Arts Council of England, Welsh Government and Visit Wales on disability matters and the inclusion of disabled people in the cultural life of Wales.