Winner 2010

Matthew Evans

Production: The Jewish Wife by Bertolt Brecht

Matthew Evans co-runs the theatre company Gameshow; their productions include: Other Stories (University of Birmingham); Dancing Bear, Dancing Bear (UK Tour); Pigeon Patrol (London, outdoor); What I'm Worth (London and Manchester); Grown Up (Camden People's Theatre) Space Junk (Lyric Hammersmith) and Solo (Blue Elephant Theatre) and Agatha (The Yard).

Beyond Gameshow, Matthew has directed That Night Follows Day by Tim Etchells for Forced Entertainment at Durub al Tawaya in Abu Dhabi and The Absolute Truth About Absolutely Everything by Olly Hawes at Camden People’s Theatre.

He works regularly with Katie Mitchell – as staff director at National Theatre, associate director at Hampstead Theatre and Young Vic, assistant director on Trauernacht‘s European tour, and programming Stückemarkt/Theatertreffen 2014 in Berlin. He has also assisted Simon McBurney, Thea Sharrock and Bijan Sheibani at National Theatre, Festival D’Avignon, Young Vic and on tour.

Matthew trained at the National Theatre Studio, for a year with Living Pictures, and at the Young Vic, where he hosts the work-in-progress night Freshworks. He has been an assessor for Total Theatre Awards in Edinburgh and Off West End Awards in London.

Matthew works with young people across the country for Gameshow, National Theatre, Pret Foundation and Three Faiths Forum.

This is a great opportunity and I would encourage all young directors, no matter what their background or experience, to apply for this award. I learnt so much from the application process alone. The JMK Trust is a huge support and an important player in today’s theatreMatthew Evans

Frankfurt, 1935. As a fascist government takes control, a woman plans her escape. A woman abandons her home, friends and family in an intimate moment played out across 1930s Germany. Immersing the audience in a landscape of domesticity and fear throughout the building, JMK winner for 2010, Matthew Evans, presents epic theatre on a small scale.

Runners up this year were Kate Budgen and Duncan MacMillan.