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Written by Alexandra Donnachie
Directed by Jessica Lazar
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“At school, she read an article that said women in their 28th year are in their prime. At 28, women are at their most confident, they feel like the sexiest version of themselves to date, but it is here that they also become most aware of their biological clocks tick-tick-ticking away.”

The year is 2021, and the world still doesn’t know what to do with those of us who have decided not to reproduce. A 28-year-old actress has made a discovery, and decides to process it the best way she knows how – by getting into character to tell a story of what could have been.

An exploration of form as well as theme, twenty-eight uses the live process of creating a play to dissect decisions and ideas about womanhood, relationships, and the pressures women face about wanting to be, or not wanting to be, a Mother.

twenty-eight, a new play about loss, Mothers and Motherhood written and performed by Alexandra Donnachie (3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon DrizzleWhen We Died – Bruntwood Prize Longlist), directed by Jessica Lazar (Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award Winner with Atticist Theatre; Clean Break Award Nominee).

The running time for this show is approximately 70 minutes, with no interval.

PLEASE NOTE: The performance on Thursday 17th February will be recorded for archive purposes.

Alexandra Donnachie

Alexandra Donnachie (Writer & Performer) is a South London born actress, writer and theatre maker. Previous venues include Oldham Coliseum, Royal & Derngate, and Hampstead Theatre.

Writing credits include: twenty-eight (Actors Centre, Rehearsed Reading); 3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle (Edinburgh Fringe 2018); When We Died (Carbon Theatre, Vaults Festival 2020; Bruntwood Prize longlisted); and Dark Shadows: Thirteen (Big Finish Productions).

Acting credits include: 3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle; Atomic 50 (Blackhorse Workshop); Return to Elm House (Battersea Arts Centre); The Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley (BBC One/Book Lapping Productions; BAFTA Winner 2019). Alexandra also currently plays a series regular Jackie Tate in the Dark Shadows audio drama series and she has appeared in numerous audio drama for Big Finish and Audible. Alexandra is currently developing the screen adaptation of When We Died.


Artistic Team
Alexandra Donnachie
Jessica Lazar
Design and Props Supervisor
Kirsty Harris
Lighting Designer
Holly Ellis
Sound Designer
Keri Chesser
Producer & General Manager
Emily Lunnon
Company Stage Manager
Abbii Clark
Associate Director
Charlotte Vickers
Associate Producer
Abbii Clark
Production Intern
Elvira Parr
Associate Lighting Designer
Murong Li
Executive Producer
Ramin Sabi
Alexandra Donnachie

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