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Roehampton graduate takes his debut solo play to New York

The unique events of the Christmas Day truce in 1914 where British and German soldiers broke from fighting, and met in no-man’s land to swap presents and play football, has inspired a play by University of Roehampton graduate Alex Gwyther.

Posted: 16 October 2015

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University of Roehampton graduate Alex Gwyther starring in his debut solo play, Our Friends The Enemy.

Alex, 28 from London is now preparing to take his show to New York for a two week run at Theatre Row from December 8-20. Having been fascinated by this event since childhood, Alex has written, and also acts in, his first solo show, Our Friends The Enemy. His play is about astounding events of the First World War told through the eyes of one soldier, Private James Boyce.

The play debuted in 2013 at the New Wimbledon Studio and received critical acclaim, being called ‘haunting and powerful’ by The Scottish Daily Mail. It enjoyed sell-out runs at Theatre 503 and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before embarking on two UK tours, playing more than 70 performances to over 8,000 people including at the Mayor of London’s Week of Peace. 

This week, Alex, who graduated in 2008 with a BA in Creative Writing and Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies opened Vice-Chancellor, Paul O’Prey’s talk on war poetry at Wimbledon Bookfest, where he read a scene from the play. 

Alex said: "My time at Roehampton gave me the opportunity to challenge myself and experiment in many forms such as poetry, stand-up comedy, script, screen and fiction writing. It developed my passion for poetry and sparked an interest in script writing for theatre. The Drama element of my course allowed me to learn how to collaborate with others as well as giving me a platform to develop myself as a performer. My degree at Roehampton has given me the foundation I needed to build a career for myself as a writer, performer and poet.”

Alex has been commissioned to write for a number of organisations including, BBC Radio 1, Mastercard, The Southbank Centre and The Book People. In 2011 he performed with Ed Sheeran at Latitude festival and recently he has been commissioned by the Premier League to write a play to be staged for young footballers across the country highlighting depression for sportsmen.

Students can study Creative Writing and Drama, Theatre and Performance as single or joint honours. Find out more about these courses, and all Roehampton's undergraduate courses here.

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