Richard Evans is a writer, director, composer and producer. His projects take inspiration from real-world science to explore biotechnology, robotics, the environment and space travel.
He is creator of the Aeon: Miracle app and live event, produced by Cold Star Media and Ric Michael.
His other written works are a novel, Kosmonaut Zero (Dead Ink), and the short stories Half Life, Touch Sensitive, Trick Machine, Priest, Freak of Nature and Girl Absorbed, which have been published by Dog Horn, Serpent’s Tail, Social Disease and Litro Magazine.
He has received five awards from Arts Council England and has undertaken research visits to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, the University of Osaka, the Star City Cosmonaut Training Centre near Moscow and, most recently, the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester to create Aeon.
He is creator of Sentinel, an exploration of climate change in sound & light. The show is performed with mezzo-soprano Olympia Hetherington, with data visualisation by Valentina D’efilippo and lighting by VJ Joel Clements.
Richard also wrote and performed with several new wave and pop bands during the 1980s and early 1990s.
He was guitarist and songwriter for St Vitus Dancers – whose song The Survivor was highly praised on Bullshit Detector 2, a hit indie compilation album (through legendary punk label Crass Records 1982).
Later, he played keyboards with the celebrated Manchester band James, appearing on Are You Ready? on the album Strip Mine (Sire Records, 1988).
He has been a guest on Radio 2’s The Arts Show, and has featured in national and local media for his writing work. He has contributed articles to popular science magazines, including T3 and The Sky At Night.
In 2011, Richard devised and directed Gagarin 50, an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin.
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