Hi! I'm Alex(andra Donnachie) and I'm a South London born and bred 6ft tall half-Scottish caffeine fuelled...
I’ve been fortunate to work in some lovely venues and with some great companies across the UK including the Oldham Coliseum, the Royal & Derngate and Hampstead Theatre. My credits include Dark Shadows (Big Finish), Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley (BBC One, BAFTA Award winner 2019) and Return to Elm House (Battersea Arts Centre).
You can read a little bit about my work as a playwright below, but I have also put some of my brain scramblings into words in my time and you can read examples of those here.
If you or your company are in need of a copywriter, do get in touch.
I’d be happy to let you know a bit about my previous work and experience in this area too.
I also... TUTOR.
I tutor students in South West London, preparing those wishing to take their LAMDA exams from the introductory grades through to Grade 8. I have taught on the Reading for Performance, Acting, Verse and Prose and Speaking in Public syllabi for almost a decade and now offer one off or regular one on one monologue preparation sessions or public speaking tutorials.
If you’re interested in finding out more about private tutoring lessons, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
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.
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.
Now, almost a year to the day since we opened at VAULT, I'm over the moon, flabbergasted and giddy with excitement to announce the team behind When We Died has been awarded ACE funding. It means we can do two things which are very important to us: 1. Make a version of the play for film and 2. Create 4 workshops geared towards BTEC and A Level Drama and Performing Arts students. This means we can build a programme of outreach work alongside the play and work towards making a plan for the future touring life of the play, finally.
Unfortunately twenty-eight (directed by Jessica Lazar, produced by D.E.M. Productions - and written my me) had its 2020 Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe runs postponed (obviously) but we used the time the various lockdowns provided us with to work on making the play even better and the team so hope to share it with audiences in some shape or form very soon.
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.