Evalyn Parry is an award-winning theatre creator and songwriter, director, writer, and performer whose work is inspired by intersections of social activism, history and auto/biography. Recent works include the acclaimed Kiinalik:These Sharp Tools, multi-Dora-nominated Gertrude and Alice (Independent Aunties), and her widely travelled show SPIN. From 2015 to 2020, she served as the artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

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Hi and here’s hoping you and yours are keeping well and safe during this extended, challenging pandemic time we are all living through. Lots has been going on personally for me this year, and I’ve taken an extended break from social platforms and public presence.  I look forward to reconnecting with folx before long.  In […]

 

Evalyn Parry is an award- winning Canadian performance-maker and theatrical innovator whose unique work as a director, writer/performer and musician is inspired by intersections of history, social justice and auto/biography. Through her deeply collaborative practice, Parry has built a singular body of work across disciplines of theatre, music and literary performance.

From 2015 to 2020, Evalyn served as the artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, the world’s largest and longest running queer theatre company and a leader in Canadian contemporary performance creation.  Her tenure at Buddies was defined by her socially relevant, inclusive and boundary-pushing mainstage programming and curation; an industry-leading, inter-generational queer community project, and bringing Buddies productions to the international stage.  Significant projects led by Parry during her time at Buddies included Kiinalik:These Sharp Tools,  Gertrude and Alice and The Youth/Elders Project.

Parry is the recipient of numerous awards, including the several Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the KM Hunter Award for Theatre, the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, and the Ken McDougall Award for Upcoming Director.  in addition, she has been acknowledged with multiple Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations for her work as director, writer, performer and composer, and most recently, a nomination for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Awards for her play Gertrude and Alice (with Anna Chatterton and Karin Randoja).  In 2018 her show Kiinalik:These Sharp Tools (co-created with Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Erin Brubacher, Elysha Poirier and Cris Derksen) took home the Dora Award for Outstanding New Play, as well as Sound Design/Composition; the first play she directed for Buddies mainstage in 2012, Obaaberima by Tawiah M’Carthy, took the Dora for Outstanding Production and went on to tour nationally.

Parry’s critically acclaimed show SPIN (about the feminist history of the bicycle) was developed and first produced at Buddies in 2011; it went on to tour extensively around Canada and the USA, logging more than 300 performances around North America, from the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse to the Lincoln Center in New York City and many places in between 2011 and 2019.  She is a founding member of the acclaimed feminist collective Independent Aunties, with whom she has co-authored and performed six plays, including the recent Gertrude and Alice, Breakfast, and their award-winning festival favourite Clean Irene & Dirty Maxine).

In addition to her theatrical productions, Parry has produced five albums of music and poetry; her work has been included in numerous anthologies and made into short films.  She lives in Toronto with her wife and her dog.

 

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    OutSpoke Productions
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    Kiinalik:These Sharp Tools
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    Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
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    Spin
  • The Independent Aunties
    The Independent Aunties
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    The Age of Melting
  • Photo of Tawiah M'Carthy by Jeremy Mimnagh.
    Obaaberima

Evalyn Parry’s SPIN

Starring the bicycle as muse, musical instrument and agent of social change

 

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Evalyn Parry takes her audience on an uncommon theatrical and musical journey in Spin, her tour-de-force performance celebrating the Bicycle

One part documentary and another part musical activism, Spin is inspired in part by the incredible true tale of Annie Londonderry, the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1895.  parry spins a fascinating web of stories that travel from 19th-century women’s emancipation to 21st-century consumer culture, peeling back layers of history to reveal a surprising and contemporary heart to her theme of liberation.

A vintage bicycle, hooked up to simple electronics and suspended in a mechanic’s stand, is played – from fenders to spokes to vinyl seat, from whirling pedals to bells – by percussionist Brad Hart, providing a captivating sonic accompaniment to parry’s songs and monologues. Staged by award-winning director Ruth Madoc-Jones, with stunning visual projections by acclaimed designer Beth Kates, this unique show has delighted audiences across the continent.

“Part theatre, part music gig, part spoken word poetry, part documentary: whatever it is, it is brilliant” Toronto Star

“…a welcome breath of fresh air….SPIN makes something beautiful out of taking your life into your own hands”  Globe & Mail

“Annie Londonderry’s story becomes a portal into Parry’s own life and heart and that is what gives the show such resonance.” Calgary Sun

“…this magnetic artist and her winning production team invest the work with such intelligence and playfulness, it’s hard not to be charmed.  NOW Magazine

“a show with as much heart as it possesses design and brains.” Calgary Herald

Written and performed by Evalyn Parry
Featuring Brad Hart playing the Bicycle
Directed by Ruth Madoc-Jones
Production design by Beth Kates
String Arrangements by Michael Holt

View everything SPIN right here…

  • To Live in the Age of Melting: Northwest Passage
    To Live in the Age of Melting
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    Spin
  • Live at Lula
    Live at Lula
  • Small Theatres
    Small Theatres
  • Unreasonable
    Unreasonable
  • Things that should be warnings
    Things that should be warnings
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    She who succeeds t-shirt

No shows booked at the moment.

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