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. She is the Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto.

Edinburgh International Festival

The Kiinalik team had an amazing time at EIF, so grateful to be here, and for the fabulous audiences and staff of the festival. WOW. What a week. This city is mad with festival fever, and we are so happy to be part of it! So many nice write ups in the paper, thrilled to […]

 

Evalyn Parry is an award- winning, queer feminist performance-maker and theatrical innovator whose work as a director, writer/performer, musician and collaborator is inspired by intersections of history, social justice and auto/biography.

She is the artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in  Toronto. Before taking on this role in 2015, Parry built a singular career as a creator, performer and producer of new work for the stage. Working across disciplines of theatre, music and literary performance, Parry’s deeply collaborative practice, combined with her impressive track record of independent producing, long history in the queer and arts community and her interest in socially/politically engaged performance, made her a natural fit for the leadership of this unique theatrical institution. Parry has enjoyed a long history with Buddies; as well as being a home for much of her early theatrical work, in addition she was director of their Young Creators Unit (now Emerging Creators Unit) for over a decade, during which time she lead the selection and development over 40 new theatrical works by young queer artists including Waawaate Fobister, Jordan Tannahill, Flerida Pena, Shaista Latif, Tawiah M’Carthy, Katie Sly, and many more.  

Since taking the reigns at Buddies in 2015, Parry has helmed three significant mainstage projects: Gertrude and Alice, The Youth/Elders Project and Kiinalik:These Sharp Tools.  Through these singular works, in combination with her industry-leading programming and curation, Buddies continues to be one of Canada’s leading contemporary theatre companies.

Parry is the recipient of numerous awards, including 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 has toured 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.   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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    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…

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    To Live in the Age of Melting
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    Spin
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    Live at Lula
  • Small Theatres
    Small Theatres
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    Unreasonable
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    Things that should be warnings
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25 Oct -
26 Oct
2019
8:00pm / Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools Teatro Cervantes Guadajuato, MX. Festival Internacional Cervantino presents Kiinlik: These Sharp Tools
22 Jan -
08 Jan
2020
8:00pm / Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools The Great Canadian Theatre Company Ottawa, Ontario CA. The National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre and The Great Canadian Theatre Company present Kiinalik:These Sharp Tools Jan 22-Feb 9, 2020. Presentation takes place at the GCTC. / Info

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