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Alex MacKeith

Writer

Alex is a writer living in London. His playwriting debut, School Play, premiered at the Southwark Playhouse in February 2017 as an Antic Face and Nik Holttum co-production. It garnered critical acclaim, described as ‘empowering, moving and poignant’ by The Independent and a ‘brilliantly funny, fiercely political, deeply moving examination of our education system’ by The Stage.

His debut feature screenplay, The Tutor, is in pre-production with Golden Arrow Pictures. He is developing an original idea for television, Weathervane, with co-writer Jamie Fraser, and has recently completed work on his second play. Alex is also developing an original series Mansions with co-writer Jamie Fraser for Ray Pictures.

His TV pilot Mersea was a finalist for the International Emmys’ Sir Peter Ustinov Scriptwriting Award 2020. He also writes and performs live comedy, and won the 2020 Musical Comedy Awards with “the strongest set of the night” which “ticked all the right comedy boxes” (Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke).

Credits

IN DEVELOPMENT
Production (role):
WEATHERVANE
(co-written with Jamie Fraser)
Company:
Big Talk Productions
Project details:
Comedy-drama series. 

Sharr White attached as showrunner.
Logline: As civilization implodes, a community of billionaire megalomaniacs (and their staff) escape to a secluded bolthole. Soon, they discover their island enclave isn’t all that was promised them, and their luxury apocalypse becomes a struggle for survival.
Production (role):
THE MANSIONS
(co-written with Jamie Fraser)
Company:
RAY Pictures
Project details:
Horror mystery series. 

Logline: Twenty years ago, a teenager disappeared in the halls of a forbidding tower estate. In the present, a traumatised woman moves into the block — and history repeats itself.
Production (role):
MERSEA
Project details:
Finalist for the International Emmys Sir Peter Ustinov Screenwriting Award 2020.

Mystery series.

Logline: After four strangers discover a murdered body on a desolate causeway, they begin to experience supernatural phenomena as they attempt to find the killer.
Production (role):
17
(co-written with Gemma Addy)
Company:
Banijay Productions
Project details:
Prod. Camille Gatin

TV series based on an idea by David Horregue and Elodie Baradat.

Logline: In the wake of her mother’s death, a teenager in rural France discovers that, once a day, she can turn back time 17 seconds. But when tragedy befalls her school, her gift soon becomes a curse.
Production (role):
THE TUTOR
Company:
Golden Arrow Pictures
Project details:
Feature.

Dir. Alice Troughton
Prod. Camille Gatin

Logline: An aspiring novelist lands a job tutoring the son of his literary idol on a secluded country estate. Soon he is immersed in the grief-stricken family, and begins to suspect a dark secret at its heart.
THEATRE
Date: 2020
Production (role):
Musical Comedy Awards 2020/21
Project details:
winner - 2020 Musical Comedy Awards, performing in a folk-musician persona.
Date: 2017
Production (role):
SCHOOL PLAY - Writer

(Southwark Playhouse, February 2017, Dir. Charlie Parham)
Project details:
An Antic Face production in association with Nik Holttum, starring Ann Ogbomo.

Published by Oberon Books.

 **** The Guardian, The Independent, The Stage, Evening Standard, TimeOut London.

Off West End Awards 2018 Nominee: Most Promising New Playwright.

When her school’s SATs results are released, headteacher Jo Fell knows her job is on the line. With the future of the school and its pupils at stake, Jo struggles to retain control as her staff and superiors demand answers.
Date: 2017
Production (role):
REQUIEM FOR ALEPPO - Dramaturg

(Sadler’s Wells Theatre, April 2017 chor. Jason Mabana)
Project details:
Longlisted for Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award 2017.

An international collaboration in response to the destruction of the Syrian city of Aleppo and the displacement of its inhabitants, in aid of Syria Action and Techfugees.
Date: 2018
Production (role):
CLOSING - Writer

Project details:
Monologue.

Selected for Pleasance Theatre’s Reading Week 2018.

Ricardo is the ambitious kitchen porter of a run-down South London gastropub. When a lazy sous-chef blocks his career ladder, Ricardo has two choices: go around. Or knock him off.
Date: 2015
Production (role):
WATSON - Writer

(The Albany, April 2015, C-12 Dance Theatre, dir. Adam Towndrow, chor. Annie-Lunette Deakin-Foster)

Project details:
An immersive dance piece, adapting two Arthur Conan-Doyle short stories. After the death of Sherlock Holmes, John Watson is plagued by visions of his lost friend. Soon, he starts to suspect that the unoccupied house opposite his building isn’t as empty as it seems.
Date: 2017-2018
Production (role):
PRINCES OF MAIN: NEW YEAR'S EVE

(Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh, August 2017; Soho Theatre, February 2018)
Project details:
**** The List.

“The future of sketch comedy is in safe hands” — The Telegraph.
SHORT FILM
Production (role):
EXIT EVE
Company:
2019
Project details:
Co-developed with director Charlie Parham, produced by Erebus Pictures, executive producer Camille Gatin.

Screened at Dinard and Underwire festivals.

Eve is the recently-emigrated au pair of a wealthy London couple. Kept in near-isolation under an impossible workload, time begins to collapse as Eve struggles to resist her employers’ coercion.

Credits

  • Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Production (role): WEATHERVANE
    (co-written with Jamie Fraser)
    Company: Big Talk Productions
    Project details: Comedy-drama series. 

    Sharr White attached as showrunner.
    Logline: As civilization implodes, a community of billionaire megalomaniacs (and their staff) escape to a secluded bolthole. Soon, they discover their island enclave isn’t all that was promised them, and their luxury apocalypse becomes a struggle for survival.
  • Production (role): THE MANSIONS
    (co-written with Jamie Fraser)
    Company: RAY Pictures
    Project details: Horror mystery series. 

    Logline: Twenty years ago, a teenager disappeared in the halls of a forbidding tower estate. In the present, a traumatised woman moves into the block — and history repeats itself.
  • Production (role): MERSEA
    Company:
    Project details: Finalist for the International Emmys Sir Peter Ustinov Screenwriting Award 2020.

    Mystery series.

    Logline: After four strangers discover a murdered body on a desolate causeway, they begin to experience supernatural phenomena as they attempt to find the killer.
  • Production (role): 17
    (co-written with Gemma Addy)
    Company: Banijay Productions
    Project details: Prod. Camille Gatin

    TV series based on an idea by David Horregue and Elodie Baradat.

    Logline: In the wake of her mother’s death, a teenager in rural France discovers that, once a day, she can turn back time 17 seconds. But when tragedy befalls her school, her gift soon becomes a curse.
  • Production (role): THE TUTOR
    Company: Golden Arrow Pictures
    Project details: Feature.

    Dir. Alice Troughton
    Prod. Camille Gatin

    Logline: An aspiring novelist lands a job tutoring the son of his literary idol on a secluded country estate. Soon he is immersed in the grief-stricken family, and begins to suspect a dark secret at its heart.
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Project details
  • Date: 2020
    Production (role): Musical Comedy Awards 2020/21
    Project details: winner - 2020 Musical Comedy Awards, performing in a folk-musician persona.
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): SCHOOL PLAY - Writer

    (Southwark Playhouse, February 2017, Dir. Charlie Parham)
    Project details: An Antic Face production in association with Nik Holttum, starring Ann Ogbomo.

    Published by Oberon Books.

     **** The Guardian, The Independent, The Stage, Evening Standard, TimeOut London.

    Off West End Awards 2018 Nominee: Most Promising New Playwright.

    When her school’s SATs results are released, headteacher Jo Fell knows her job is on the line. With the future of the school and its pupils at stake, Jo struggles to retain control as her staff and superiors demand answers.
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): REQUIEM FOR ALEPPO - Dramaturg

    (Sadler’s Wells Theatre, April 2017 chor. Jason Mabana)
    Project details: Longlisted for Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award 2017.

    An international collaboration in response to the destruction of the Syrian city of Aleppo and the displacement of its inhabitants, in aid of Syria Action and Techfugees.
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): CLOSING - Writer

    Project details: Monologue.

    Selected for Pleasance Theatre’s Reading Week 2018.

    Ricardo is the ambitious kitchen porter of a run-down South London gastropub. When a lazy sous-chef blocks his career ladder, Ricardo has two choices: go around. Or knock him off.
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): WATSON - Writer

    (The Albany, April 2015, C-12 Dance Theatre, dir. Adam Towndrow, chor. Annie-Lunette Deakin-Foster)

    Project details: An immersive dance piece, adapting two Arthur Conan-Doyle short stories. After the death of Sherlock Holmes, John Watson is plagued by visions of his lost friend. Soon, he starts to suspect that the unoccupied house opposite his building isn’t as empty as it seems.
  • Date: 2017-2018
    Production (role): PRINCES OF MAIN: NEW YEAR'S EVE

    (Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh, August 2017; Soho Theatre, February 2018)
    Project details: **** The List.

    “The future of sketch comedy is in safe hands” — The Telegraph.
  • Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Production (role): EXIT EVE
    Company: 2019
    Project details: Co-developed with director Charlie Parham, produced by Erebus Pictures, executive producer Camille Gatin.

    Screened at Dinard and Underwire festivals.

    Eve is the recently-emigrated au pair of a wealthy London couple. Kept in near-isolation under an impossible workload, time begins to collapse as Eve struggles to resist her employers’ coercion.