ALEX GWYTHER - WRITER
In 2016 Alex was commissioned by the Premier League to write a play breaking the stigma attached to mental health amongst professional footballers, aimed at young teenage players. The two man play The Cost of A Player, in which Alex appears, is currently touring football clubs and schools for the 2017/18 season and is followed by a 45 minute educational workshop. The show is directed by Lisa Schulberg and premiered on April 19th 2016 at the Player Care Conference in Coventry.
Alex's next play Eyes Closed, Ears Covered is showing at The Bunker, London from 6th-30th September.
Set in 1986, the play explores themes surrounding child trauma. Eyes Closed, Ears Covered is a brutal and heartfelt thriller which follows two best friends as they bunk the day off school and head to Brighton in a daring plan to relive a special day from the past.
The play is directed by award-winning director Derek Anderson and features Alex amongst EastEnders' star Danny-Boy Hatchard in the cast.
Alex Gwyther is a writer, actor and poet.
As a poet, his “unique delivery and tumbling urbane style” has seen him perform across the country at venues, festivals and events such as Oxford University, the Royal Festival Hall, Latitude Festival and The Mayor of London’s Week of Peace in Trafalgar Square, sharing stages with the likes of Kate Tempest and Scroobius Pip. His first poetry booklet was published in 2013 on Nasty Little Press and he has also been published by Burning Eye, in their 2012 anthology, Rhyming Thunder.
He has been specially commissioned to write for a number of organisations, businesses and charities and his client list includes: BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, Mastercard, the Premier League, Transitions Global, The Southbank Centre, The National Theatre's Deck and The Book People.
His first play, Our Friends, The Enemy, was selected as part of New Wimbledon Theatre’s Fresh Ideas season before sell out performances at London’s Theatre 503 and the Edinburgh Festival, where it enjoyed 4 star reviews.
In 2014 Our Friends, The Enemy embarked on two national tours, playing to over 70 venues including theatres, arts centres, schools, libraries, village halls, museums and stadiums. In 2015 it transferred to New York where it spent three weeks at the renowned Theater Row on 42nd Street, where it was warmly received by the New York press. He is currently working on turning the play into a novel for younger audiences.