VENUE: The Chelsea Theatre, London

SYNOPSIS: Set in the autumn of 1940, THE EVACUEE is a classic ghost story of a girl who is evacuated out of London and sent to live with a complete stranger. It is late evening and Janet Young, who has not spoken a word since witnessing the death of her brother during the Blitz, has arrived at widower George Wilson’s home, accompanied by her compassionate billeting officer, Brenda.

Upset, lonely and frightened of her surroundings, Janet explores her new bedroom. Spooked by the eerie contents, Janet rushes to bed and waits for morning…

Over the next few days, we see the stresses of war take its toll on all three of our characters, turning each of their worlds upside down. As unexplained events and strange goings on happen within the house, George’s dark and disturbing past is brought to light… 


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MARIA EUGENIO as Janet | MIKE EVANS as George | SARAH TYLER SHAW as Brenda  

Lighting & Sound Design by VIKTOR PALFI

Lighting & Sound Technician ALISTAIR ARMSTRONG

Assistant Director/ Stage Manager KATE COLLINSON 

Stage Manager/ Associate Producer LEILA ARAIS

THE HISTORY: Originally written as a short play, THE EVACUEE was first performed by Quint-Essential in 2011 as one of the trio of short plays, collectively titled; DARK TALES. 

With THE EVACUEE undoubtedly proving to be the most popular of the three short plays, writer and director Eli had always wanted to turn it into a full length script.

With a strong focus on home life during the Second World War, whilst paying close attention to characters, relationships and the eerie plot line, Eli has achieved exactly what he set out to do; creating a play where the audience can learn, reminisce, laugh, cry and feel really quite spooked.

THE EVACUEE TRAILERS... A taster of what to expect from the WWII stage play

THE EVACUEE was a great success, receiving fantastic reactions from audiences and many 4 Star reviews from critics. 

Quint-Essential had a wonderful experience performing THE EVACUEE  at The Chelsea Theatre and hope to return again soon.

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THE CHELSEA THEATRE is a contemporary performance space and community hub which combines artistic excellence and community participation. As a performance space, they are dedicated to commissioning, producing and presenting the freshest and most innovative artists, both nationally and internationally. 

Located at the end of the Kings Road, with its spectacular 110 seat auditorium, THE CHELSEA THEATRE provided the perfect setting for our THE EVACUEE.


Eli has been working on developing the play into a screenplay which he plans on shooting in the future.