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When We Died by Alexandra Donnachie

by Carbon Theatre and Cultural Projects Ltd.


A striking play about one woman’s choice to confront her trauma and tell her story, on her terms.

about the production

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. ⸻ "Donnachie is really terrific... It’s quietly hold-your-breath gripping" Lyn Gardner.

about the artist

Katie Guicciardi studied Drama and Theatre-Arts at Goldsmiths University and trained in Acting at East 15 Acting School and Ecole Gaulier. She has worked as an actress in TV, film and theatre and is an associate member of The Factory Theatre Company, having performed in ‘Hamlet’, ‘The Seagull’ and ‘The Odyssey’ all around the country under the direction of Tim Carroll. Katie also works as an Acting Coach, teaching at Drama schools and on films and is founder and director of The Actors’ Surgery. She was part of The Young Writers Programme at The Royal Court.

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stage dimensions

width: 6 metres

height: 3 metres

depth: 4 metres

Lighting: on-stage lighting need an available power supply upstage.
Sound Equipment: PA system. Our sound is programmed and ran through QLab.

The main audiences for the show are:
• Women who have experienced sexual assault or harassment
• Younger people, 18-35
• Ending male violence against women activists and campaigners
• New writing audiences
• Local artists and theatre-makers

“The script itself is fabulous. It deftly navigates difficult topics with both sensitivity and exquisite detail – no mean feat given the subjects involved [...] her performance is as excellent as her writing.”

The Reviews Hub

“Routledge’s direction combined with Donnachie’s writing and acting makes for a gripping play that deals sensitively with a difficult topic. I only hope more people get to experience it.”

Spy in the Stalls

“When We Died is a poignantly affecting, well-written and welljudged monologue that treats a disturbing central issue with painstaking sensitivity yet leaving us with a semblance of hope. Highly recommended.”

Act Drop

We have created 4 workshops for people interested in making work about difficult or
sensitive topics, realising the need for more information on making work about trauma as
emerging artists on tight budgets! Would be great for 16+ students, youth theatre groups and emerging artists. All 1 hour, available in-person or online.

• Developing a Safer Way of Working (Alexandra Donnachie, 2 parts): a comparison
between two trauma-based shows with very different processes.
• Intimacy Direction for Solo Shows (Christina Fulcher): working with intimacy and
movement with a solo performer.
• How to Make Work about ‘Tricky Topics’ (Julia Langley): creatives & audience care
regarding trauma and violence.

Fee/Guarantee preferred (negotiable).