Fiona Evans

Playwright, Radio/tv/screenwriter
University of Strathclyde

Fiona Evans is an award-winning playwright who writes for theatre, radio and television. Her Edinburgh Fringe play Scarborough about an illicit pupil-teacher relationship (Nick Hern Books, 2008), which later transferred to the Royal Court, exemplifies Fiona’s ability to tackle difficult subjects with heart and humour. In 2008, she worked closely with the families of Geoff Gray and James Collinson, two of four young recruits found dead at Deepcut Barracks, to write Geoff Dead: Disco for Sale for Live Theatre.

The Startling Truths of Old World Sparrows (BBC Radio 3) won the Grand Prix Nova International Radio Drama Festival silver award for its innovative use of children playing octogenarians. Other radio work includes a serialised adaptation of Helen Dunmore’s Your Blue-Eyed Boy (Radio 4), Beware the Kids (Radio 3’s Free Thinking festival) and My Greenham (Radio 4).

Pursuing her interest in dramatic structure, Fiona graduated from BBC Writers’ Academy in 2008 and started writing for TV: EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty, Doctors and Hollyoaks. Always keen to hone her craft and experiment with form, she embarked on a practice-led Creative Writing PhD and was awarded a doctorate (Newcastle University, 2019) for Radaptation: Adapting Ancient Greek tragedy in the Twenty-first Century — foregrounding contemporary working-class women in mythic narrative.

Passionate about fair access to the arts and education, Fiona teaches in both formal and community settings.

She lives and works on a farm in Scotland, where she and her partner breed and raise thoroughbred horses – using natural horsemanship techniques – for National Hunt racing.

Fiona Evans
Image credit: Susan MacDonald

Fellowships

University of Strathclyde 2020/21