Old Citizen Alex Brown produces 'Gracie' at The Finborough Theatre


24 April 2018
Old Citizen Alex Brown is Creative Producer of Canadian award-winning writer Joan MacLeod’s latest play ‘Gracie’, which has its European Premiere at The Finborough Theatre (run by Old Citizen, Neil McPherson) from 29th April to 15th May.
Described as a ‘Nuanced coming-of-age within a polygamous community’, ‘Gracie’ was commissioned by The Belfry Theatre, Victoria, British Columbia where it was first performed in early 2017.
Alex’s involvement in ‘Gracie’ came ‘through a friend of a friend of the director who was keen to perform the play at the Finborough theatre in the Sunday to Tuesday slots and was looking for producing and marketing support,’ he says. ‘I read the script and found it so moving and powerful that I knew I had to be involved. This is such a powerful play that I am sure it will have a really successful Finborough Theatre run.’
Alex had already performed in theatre before he started at City of London School in 2003, where he was awarded a Headmaster’s Scholarship. He pursued his passion for production at the School’s then Beaufoy Theatre. ‘Whenever there was a call for technicians for a school play I got involved,’ he says. ‘I worked on most of the school productions in various roles including lighting, sound and technically managing the shows.’
His passion for theatre took him to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010: ‘I started there through Old Citizen Simon Cummins, who was also a former member of the technical team at the School’s Beaufoy Theatre. He approached theatre manager Joe Oliver who was seeking production assistants and technicians for his shows up in Edinburgh and I expressed an interest. I worked across all of Simon’s productions that year, from technical support to operating shows, helping with press and publicity and other roles.
A year later, Alex left CLS and returned to Edinburgh with Simon to work on his shows and then attend the University of Edinburgh from 2011 to 2015 where he gained an MA in Philosophy and Theology.
‘I remained active at the Fringe during my university years, including technical managing the Improverts, Edinburgh's long running short form improv group, working as a lighting technician for various venues and subsequently as the Festival Director of Bedlam Theatre for Fringe 2014 and on the Summerhall programming team for 2015.’ 
Since then, Alex has worked as an Associate Producer on various theatre productions including ‘La Boheme’ (Olivier Award nominated 2018), ‘Strangers In Between’ at Trafalgar Studios 2 and ‘Project New Sun’ at The Southbank Centre. Other projects include the award-winning sell-out hit ‘Wrecked’ (Assembly Festival 2016, Edinburgh and VAULT Festival 2018, London).  He has also presented work at Avignon D’Off, PULSE and Adelaide Festivals.
‘My passion,’ he says, ‘is to develop multidisciplinary works that interrogate identity and relationship formation across form, time and style, while seeking to discover the fundamentals of human nature.’