He’s dead, and it’s her job to prepare and present his body for his family’s final goodbye. She often imagines what each person’s life was like. But today she doesn’t have to imagine who he is. She knows him.
Faced with the body of the man who raped her eleven months ago, When We Died is a striking new play about one woman’s choice to confront her trauma and tell her story, on her terms.
An early version of the play was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2017. Extracts have been presented as work-in-progress for PILOT Nights and China Plate’s First Bite Festival (both at Midlands Arts Centre, 2019). When We Died premieres at VAULT Festival after further development supported by Pleasance Theatre’s LABS residency, the University of Northampton and the Travers Foundation.
The show contains an account of rape, and descriptions of dead bodies. Please note, at no point is rape presented onstage.Book Now
Alexandra Donnachie is an award-winning writer and performer. Credits inc.: Sylvia Pankhurst in BAFTA Award-winning THE SUFFRAGETTES WITH LUCY WORSLEY (BBC One); 3 YEARS, 1 WEEK AND A LEMON DRIZZLE (Writer/Performer. Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 and London); RETURN TO ELM HOUSE (Battersea Arts Centre); ATOMIC 50 commissioned for the 2019 London Borough of Culture; MUGS LIKE US by Michèle Winstanely (ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES, SID AND NANCY).
Carbon Theatre is a female-led company specialising in complex and divergent, free-form theatre. Founded and run by creative producer, Courtenay Johnson. Previous work includes: MISSION ABORT by Therese Ramstedt (★★★★ The Stage) at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, VAULT Festival 2018 and London/Sweden/UK Tour; BABY DADDY by Elinor Coleman (★★★★ Stage Talk Magazine) at Assembly Festival Edinburgh Fringe 2018; WELCOME... ? by Lily Lowe-Myers (★★★★ Spy in the Stalls) at Nottingham Playhouse and Bridewell Theatre; HEAD ROT HOLIDAY by Sarah Daniels at The Hope Theatre (★★★★ Broadway World UK).Book Now
Praise for 3 YEARS, 1 WEEK AND A LEMON DRIZZLE created and performed by Alexandra Donnachie with Kate Donnachie (Ed Fringe 2018, Underbelly):
Broadway Baby ★★★★ “These are professional actresses and their flawless performances show this”
The Edinburgh Reporter ★★★★ “Alex and Kate Donnachie explore some of the many complexities of family dynamics...Their story is often funny; it’s also often heart-wrenchingly sad”
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