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Hi! I'm Alexandra 'Alex' Donnachie (she/her) and I'm a South London born and bred 6ft tall half-Scottish caffeine fuelled...

ACTRESS

I am an award-winning actress and award-nominated writer and theatre maker. My writer-performer credits include: twenty-eight (DEM Productions: Theatre 503); When We Died (Carbon Theatre: Vaults Festival 2020, Edinburgh Fringe Online 2021, Bruntwood Prize long-listed); 3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle (UK Tour, Edinburgh Fringe 2018).

 

Further acting credits include: Atomic 50 (Blackhorse Workshop); Return to Elm House (Battersea Arts Centre); The Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley (BBC One/Book Lapping Productions; BAFTA Winner 2019). I also appear in numerous audio dramas for Big Finish and Audible and play series regular, Jacqueline 'Jackie' Tate in the Dark Shadows audio drama series. I even got to write an episode for Series 3, due for release later this year.

 

In June of this year, I was awarded the Best Performance Award by Annie Rowe CDG for my portrayal of Kathy in short film, Trish: As Seen on TV. I am currently developing my fourth full-length play and the screen adaptation of When We Died.

and... WRITER.

You can read a little more about some of the plays I've written below but I've also written a number of opinion pieces and blogs for various publications in my time. You can read some of those here!

I also...FACILITATE & TUTOR.

I have over ten years of experience working as a LAMDA tutor, working with young people hoping to grade at introductory level, right through to Grade 8 (Gold). I specialise in the Reading for Performance, Acting, Verse and Prose and Speaking in Public syllabi and also offer one-off or regular one-to-one monologue preparation sessions and public speaking tutorials.

 

As a facilitator, I regularly work in primary and secondary schools across the UK, often on behalf of companies like KIT Theatre, delivering the thrilling Inspiration Days or The Old Vic, running workshops which delve into the wide range of skills and jobs needed to develop any of their main house theatre productions. More recently, I have been leading sessions which I've designed alongside my own projects. This includes an ACE funded series of workshops geared towards students in higher education and which focus on safeguarding in writing and theatre making. 

If any of the above sounds even a little bit interesting and you'd like more information, don't hesitate to get in touch! 

THE WORK I MAKE, WRITE AND SORT OF PUT TOGETHER

The work I make myself mostly focuses on telling real stories (usually my own, sometimes somebody else’s and more often than not, a mix of everybody’s) in new and exciting forms. Always fun and never without the help and support of my friends and colleagues who specialise in all areas of theatrical magic. ​

twenty-eight

twenty-eight (directed by Jessica Lazar, produced by D.E.M. Productions - and written by me), a play about motherhood, creativity and theatrical form, opened at the brilliant Theatre 503 in February 2022 - having originally been set to storm stages in 2020 - to lovely audiences and even lovelier feedback. 

Watch this space for news of future runs and iterations. In the meantime, why not have a watch of one of our trailers?

Photo credit: Darren Bell 

DARK SHADOWS 

I've been a part of the Dark Shadows (Big Finish Productions) universe for a few years now having played series regular Jacqueline 'Jackie' Tate in the audio drama series since 2014. Jackie means the world to me and voicing her is one of the best jobs I've ever had. So, imagine how chuffed I was when, earlier this year, I was asked to write a Jackie-heavy episode for the upcoming series. It will still be a while before the series is available to listen to, but keep your eyes - and ears - open!

 

WHEN WE DIED 

We were incredibly lucky to finish our run at the 2020 VAULT Festival right before the country went into its first national lockdown. My Bruntwood Prize longlisted play, When We Died (directed by Andy Routledge and produced by Carbon Theatre), received lots of lovely ★★★★ reviews and kind words (see below!) and the team couldn’t be more chuffed or grateful. 

 

Donnachie is really terrific… It’s quietly hold-your-breath gripping.

– Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor.

 

Read Lyn’s full review here or find out more about the production, its stellar creative team and read more reviews here

Almost a year to the day after we opened at VAULT Festival, the team behind When We Died was awarded a grant from Arts Council England to adapt the play for film with Manchester based Eight Engines and create 4 workshops centred around safeguarding and protecting the wellbeing of creative teams and audiences alike when making trauma-based theatre. We were thrilled to have the film stream online throughout August 2021 as part of the Edinburgh Fringe's digital programme and are looking forward to moving forward with our delayed plans to tour the play both nationally and internationally.

 

If you are a programmer and are interested in chatting about bringing When We Died to your venue or festival, please do get in touch here or email Courtenay Johnson at Carbon Theatre

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Photo credit: Ali Wright
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3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle

3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle is an autobiographical play which I created and perform with my younger sister, Kate. The play is about how our close sibling relationship was affected by an eating disorder when we were teenagers.

The play enjoyed a small UK tour and a run at Edinburgh in 2018 where we received lovely reviews like this one. And this one.

Photo credit: The Other Richard