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... FACILITATE & TUTOR.
I have over ten years of experience as a tutor, working with young people (5-18 years old) wishing to take their LAMDA exams from the introductory grades right through to Grade 8. I specialise in the Reading for Performance, Acting, Verse and Prose and Speaking in Public syllabi and also offer one-off or regular one on one monologue preparation sessions or public speaking tutorials. I've taught drama and dance to youth theatres in various primary schools across the UK and for companies including SPATS Theatre School, the Pauline Quirke Academy and the Royal & Derngate.
As a facilitator I have worked with several theatres to design and lead workshops which often run alongside their main house productions and seasons. I am also an associate artist of KIT Theatre for whom I do lots of in-role facilitation to deliver their expertly created Inspiration Days predominantly to KS2 and KS3 aged children in schools across London and Essex.
If you’d like to find out more about the tutoring or facilitation I offer, please 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 (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
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.
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.
Photo credit: Ali Wright
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.