In 2015 Chris worked with National Theatre Wales on their Big Democracy Project in partnership with Celf o Gwmpas, exploring the issue “Are disabled people an easy target for the cuts?”  - an evening of performance and debate at Celf, Llandrindod Wells. The evening was recorded by Radio 3.

Chris trained as an actor at The Welsh College of Music and Drama and as a teacher at Trinity College, London. During his early career he worked with a number of companies including Moving Being, Caricature and Theatre Addix which he co-founded with playwright, Ian Rowlands. In recent years, however, it’s as a director that he is most well-known. Following the ground-breaking productions, The Bench and Shakespeare’s Bottom which established Newport Inclusive Arts (NIA), founded with poet Goff Morgan and Mobile Arts Project, at the cutting edge of new work with disabled adults, Chris became Artistic Director of the Unusual Stage School, Wales’s disability-led hot-house for performers.


The Unusual Stage Show, Cardigan Theatre Mwldan and Swansea Grand Theatre, 2006-2007

Sex Not Charity, Liverpool DaDaFest, 2008

Moulin Rouge, Cardiff Millennium Centre, 2009

S’not Fair, Cardiff, 2009

Pride The Opera, a musical written by Chris and Goff Morgan, music by Jon Turner, Cardiff Oval Basin and Millennium Centre, 2010

“You had them rolling in the aisles.  You’re a hit on The Sunshine Coast!” David Roche

“a digital Canterbury Tales”

Chris Laidlaw, Radio New Zealand

Moulin Rouge

The Unusual Stage Show, Jon Luxton and Andrew Hubbard

“Disquietingly shocking...comically strong and lyrically outstanding success”

Ella-Louise Gilbert, about The Unusual Stage Show on the Theatre in Wales website


Chris offers a full range of theatre, drama and storytelling workshops including improvised and devised theatre, audition techniques and script sessions for disabled, non disabled and inclusive groups of all ages. Satisfied clients include St David’s Hall, Chapter Arts Centre, Drama Association of Wales, ImprovBoston USA, The Centre for English and American Studies, Krakow, Poland. 

Click here to watch Chris in Canada

Chris has performed as stand-up, storyteller and compere for the Welsh Assembly Government and the BBC and at venues at home and abroad including Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Liverpool DaDaFest, Sechelt Arts Centre, Canada, The Glen Eden Playhouse and Corbans Estate Arts Centre, Auckland, New Zealand. His stand-up show was filmed for the award-winning HTV documentary, One in Six (2003) and he has directed / hosted cabarets for Disability Wales, Disability Arts Cymru and DaDa.

21st Century Dinosaurs


Click on the pictures to see extracts from the show

The Big Democracy

Video: With You

21st Century Dinosaurs, premiered in 2014 at Chapter Arts Centre, is an exciting piece of multi-media theatre, created by award winning director, Chris Tally Evans and his talented company of artists. Funny and tragic life stories, a tropical island where 10% of the islanders are colour-blind, an original view of Muslim women and their place in our society smash together in this thought provoking production. Read more...