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A Brief List of Everyone Who Died

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A Brief List of Everyone Who Died

Finborough Theatre

16th May-13th June


Writer: Jacob Marx Rice

Producer: Mia Campbell

Designer: Alice McNicholas

Lighting and Video Designer: Rachel Sampley

Presented by Patch of Blue and Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre

FINALIST- ONCOMM AWARD (Off West End Award for online theatre)

FINALIST- OFF WEST END AWARD- Supporting Performance in a Play - Siphiwo Mahlentle

Nominated- Off West End Award- Supporting Performance in a Play - Kathryn Akin

Nominated- Off West End Award- Supporting Performance in a Play - Amelia Campbell

Graciela would really like everyone to stop dying. After the scarring loss of her beloved dog Buster at the age of five, Graciela decides that no one she loves will ever die. But stopping death is easier said than done. Time rolls on inescapably and, as she grows, Graciela will, like everyone else, gain and lose the people most important to her to the eternal absence of mortality.

Wickedly funny and deeply humane,  A Brief List of Everyone Who Died tells the story of all the deaths that make up a life. 


Alex directed the World Premiere of Jacob Marx Rice's extraordinary play, which was published by Bloomsbury in conjunction with the run. Alex was delighted to be working with Jacob again after directing his award winning Chemistry at the Finborough in 2019, which is currently in pre-production for a movie with Anonymous Content. 

'staged with sensitivity... A precarious balance of pain and humour is deftly retained throughout'- The Guardian

​'The humour is wickedly pithy, the sadness bittersweet. There will be tears​, of laughter and empathy. Bring your tissues'- The British Theatre Guide

'a play of immense delicacy and power... funny, poignant, and immensely humane... rush to see it' - Fringe Review

'Delightful, considered direction from Alex Howarth'- Broadway World

★★★★★-  'anything but melancholy... Alex Howarth’s sensitive direction effectively moulds the contrasting scenes together' - The Morning Star

★★★★- Director Alex Howarth keeps the pace high and  is rewarded with uniformly fine performances from an excellent cast. This play will live longer than most in the memory'- The Arts Desk

★★★★-' thanks to director Alex Howarth’s sensitive treatment, it heaves with the most delightful bunch of characters one could ever meet'- London Pub Theatres

★★★★- 'Alex Howarth’s direction was strong, using the limited space efficiently and to an expansive effect and crafting the dynamics and push and pulls in the scenes really well'-  North West End

★★★★- a reflective and thoughtful exploration of life and death'-  Paul in London

★★★★- 'superb... addresses death in a moving and thoughtful way'-  London Theatre1

 'Director Alex Howarth smartly keeps the focus on the people... a warm evening to reflect upon both the beauty and the fragility of our existence' - Everything Theatre

'Committed and versatile performances'- The Reviews Hub

Reviews for the 2020 online rehearsed reading

'a cathartic experience ... although a rehearsed reading, it is ambitious in how it builds atmosphere, even through such limited staging' - London Pub Theatres

'a gently intense and human 75 minutes'- Partially Obstructed View

 'distilled to its essence... a little gem of a play'-  2ndfrombottom


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