Who we are

Evie Manning

Co-Artistic Director

For Common Wealth credits include, Radical Acts (Theatre in the Mill), We’re Still Here (National Theatre Wales), The Deal Versus The People (West Yorkshire Playhouse), How to be Better (Contact Young Company Christmas Show), All Out (Curve, Leicester), No Guts, No Heart, No Glory (Contact, Scotsman Fringe First Award / Live From TVC with BBC4), and Our Glass House (Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award)

As a freelance director, credits include: Ceremony (involved bringing a statue of Freidrich Engels from Ukraine to Manchester and directing the Engels Exchange, Manchester International Festival, Lead Artist Phil Collins), WANTED (involved rabbits, school children jumping through mouths & true life stories of illegal kidney harvesting, TRANSFORM festival, Chris Goode & Company), Taxi Tales by Ishy Din (involved 3 taxi drivers in cars round Stockton, Tamasha), At Night by Louise Wallwein (involved a fire station, a rave and teenagers speaking about risk & the brain, Royal Exchange), Worlds Apart by Aisha Zia (involved the Brontes, a clothes fight, guitar in the parlour, Chol), Everyday Heroes (involved brass bands in gardens, kids on bikes and accordions with neighbours, Chol/Royal Exchange), Magna Carta on Trial (involved Bradford City Hall & young people taking over, Freedom Studios/Mind the Gap), Photography Party (involved face paint, singalongs & everyone dancing to Miriam Makeba, Royal Exchange). Evie received a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship in 2015 and a Northern Powerhouse Future List award in 2017.

Evie programmed WOW Bradford in 2016 with the Southbank Centre and is a founding member of Speakers Corner in Bradford. Evie was brought up in Bradford and lives in Bradford today.