about me

Dewi Evans was born in Aldershot in 1986 and lived there with his parents and younger brother until 1997 when his family decided to moved to Wales. After moving to Wales Dewi attended the St Cenydd Comprehensive School in Caerphilly, where his singing talent was spotted during a music lesson. Shortly afterwards Dewi regularly began singing at Concerts and Functions as a Soloist, and as part of the school's choir.

After completing his A-Level's at St Cenydd, Dewi went on to study Drama at The University of Wales, Aberystwyth and graduated in 2007 with an Upper Second Class Bachelor's Degree. In 2007 Dewi attended The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and graduated in 2008 with a Masters Degree in Music Theatre.

After leaving Central Dewi worked for a number of years as a singer and actor. During this time he wrote his first play “Darkest Hours” which was shortlisted for the Pulse New Writing Award in 2011. “Darkest Hours" focuses on the mental breakdown of Sue and how her increasingly depressive state affects her, her perception of reality, and the people she loves.

In 2012 Dewi started to create his most successful play to date "Tea with Mamgu" an English language play set in Wales that tackles the difficulties of dementia. A short research and development staging was performed as part of the Bloomsbury Festival in October 2012. This developmental staging led to the production being staged fully at the London Welsh Centre in 2013; before touring to venues such as Aberystwyth Arts Centre, The Fold and Theatre Neuadd Dwyfor.

Between 2013 and 2016 Dewi lead Tigz Theatre during it’s residency at the London Welsh Centre and worked closely with it’s staff, trustees and external stakeholders to deliver a wide theatre programme. This programme included productions of new writing, Shakespeare, theatre classics and literary adaption as well as supporting ventures such as the Camden Fringe and The Bloomsbury Festival. During this time Dewi saw it as his mission to develop the way that people thought about the London Welsh Centre as a performance venue and challenge the preconceived notions about the way that the spaces within the centre could be used.

In late 2015 Dewi suffered a severe depressive and psychotic episode which led to his diagnosis as Cyclothymic/Bipolar in 2016. Since this diagnosis Dewi has been focusing on his recovery and becoming stable, something that many people take for granted. During this time Dewi also spent a large portion of his free time researching what it means to be Bipolar as well as psychotic (a common feature in Bipolar) and discovered his bipolar ‘heroes’ Stephen Fry, the late Carrie Fisher and Kay Redfield Jamison.

Since recovering from his last episode Dewi has begun to develop two new pieces of work based on his experience of mental health. “I-Polar” his first novel deals with how Bipolar affects the life of Chris, a young student in London who’s undiagnosed bipolar enhances and then shatters the life he knew. “March 3rd, notes from my little black book, and other ‘crazy’ ramblings of a Manic Depressive.” Is Dewi’s first one man show, which will include various elements of writing, poetry and story’s from the various episodes and stages of his illness and will be performed by Dewi to audiences throughout 2018/2019.

If you have any questions about Dewi or any of the work that he is creating, then feel free to ask!