★ ★ ★ ★★  'It is thought-provoking and devastating as well as particularly beautiful.

This is the best production I have seen all year.'- UK Theatre Web on Chemistry, Finborough Theatre

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Directing Fiddler on the Roof at University of Chichester Conservatoire, © Andrew Worsfield

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The Laramie Project

by the Tectonic Theatre Project

Streaming from 19th February 

Cast: University of Chester Graduating Students

Producer: University of Chester & Pamela Barnes


Alex will direct the acclaimed verbatim play for the

University of Chester's graduating acting students. The piece will be rehearsed entirely online, and performed by two casts as a blend of live streaming and recorded video filmed and edited by the actors themselves in isolation during the UK national lockdown.



by Dylan Coburn Gray

Streaming from 29th February 

Cast: University of Cumbria Second Year Students

Producer: University of Cumbria and Jez Colclough

Alex is delighted to be returning to University of Cumbria to direct a filmed production of the 2017 Verity Bargate Award winning play, recently seen at the Soho Theatre. The production will be rehearsed entirely online, and filmed by the actors themselves in isolation during the UK national lockdown. 

A Partnership

by Rory Thomas-Howes

Workshop and online sharing

March 2021

Producer: Paper Mug

Alex is directing a redevelopment workshop of this acclaimed two-hander about internalised homophobia in the LGBTQI+ community. A sharing of the redeveloped production will be streamed online at the end of the process before a UK tour in Autumn.

A Partnership R&D © Rory Thomas-Howes


Fiddler on the Roof

The Connaught Theatre, Worthing 

April 2021


Cast: University of Chichester Graduating Students

Producer: University of Chichester & Andrew Wright


Alex is delighted to be directing a new production of the classic Tony award winning musical with the University of Chichester Musical Theatre Performance Company. 

Fiddler on the Roof © Alex Musgraves


A Brief List of Everyone Who Died

Rehearsed reading, Finborough Theatre

Available online 24th May-21st June


Writer: Jacob Marx Rice

Producer: Patch of Blue and the Finborough Theatre


Alex is directing the World Premiere rehearsed reading of Jacob Marx Rice's play about all the deaths that make up a life, featuring Gemma Barnett- winner of Best Female Performance in a Play at the 2020 Off West End Awards. Alex is 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.

The piece has been nominated for a prestigious OnComm Award- the section of the Off West End Awards dedicated to online work.It is sadly no longer available online, but a stage production of the play is planned for 2022. 

Image © Emma Bond

Richard II
Central School of Speech and Drama


Alex is directing Shakespeare's seminal history play with second year students at Central School of Speech and Drama. Drawing influences from 80s banking in the run up to the savings and loan crisis, the piece will draw stylistically on American Psycho, and the money and power obsessed worlds of big business. 

Jane Eyre


July- September

Writer: Dawn Bush, after Charlotte Bronte

Producer: Dot


Alex is directing to be directing a new adaptation of

Charlotte Bronte's acclaimed novel this summer. The production will tour open air and indoor venues including Peterborough Cathedral. 

He is delighted to working with Dot again after

directing their production of School for Husbands. 

SATURDAY 10th JULY, 6pm, Osterley Park & House, Isleworth

SUNDAY 11TH JULY, 6PM, The Manor, Hemingford Grey

SATURDAY 17th JULY, 7pm, Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud

SUNDAY 18th JULY, 5:30pm, Gooderstone Water Gardens, King's Lynn 

FRIDAY 23rd JULY, 7:30pm, Sunnyside, Great Eversden

SUNDAY 25th JULY, 6pm, Greyfriars House & Gardens, Worcester

WEDNESDAY 28th JULY, 7:30pm, High Acre, West Mersea

THURSDAY 29th JULY,  7:30pm, High Acre, West Mersea

FRIDAY 30th JULY, 7:30pm, The Place, Bedford

SATURDAY 31st JULY,  6pm, Myddelton House Gardens, Enfield

SUNDAY 1st AUGUST, 4pm, Stoneleigh Abbey, Kenilworth

WEDNESDAY 4th AUGUST, Wells Maltings, Wells Next-the-Sea

THURSDAY 5th AUGUST, 7:30pm, The Museum of Power, Maldon

SATURDAY 14th AUGUST, 7:30pm, Brockholds Manor, Ware

SUNDAY 15th AUGUST, 5pm, Hoveton Hall, Norwich

THURSDAY 19th AUGUST, 7:30pm, Grange Barn, Coggeshal

FRIDAY 20th AUGUST, 7pm, Peterborough Cathedral

SUNDAY 22nd AUGUST, 5pm, The Arches Theatre, Clifton Reynes

THURSDAY 26th AUGUST,  7pm, Brighton Open Air Theatre

FRIDAY 27th AUGUST, 7:30pm, Little Ponton Hall, Nr Grantham

SATURDAY 28th AUGUST, 7pm, Goodnestone Park Gardens, Wingham

SUNDAY 29th AUGUST,The Oaksmere, Brome 

THURSDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER, Swindon Arts Centre

FRIDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER, John Peel Centre, Stowmarket

SATURDAY 4th SEPTEMBER, 7:30pm, Empire Theatre, Halstead

SUNDAY 5th SEPTEMBER, 8pm, Brentwood Theatre

FRIDAY 10th 7:30pm SEPTEMBER, Georgian Theatre Royal, Nth Yorkshire

SATURDAY 11th SEPTEMBER, 7:30pm, Headgate Theatre, Colchester

Jane Eyre at Gooderstone Water Gardens © Paul Easton

Cassie and

the Lights

London, Autumn 

Cast: Alex Brain, Emily McGlynn, Michaela Murphy

Musicians: Phoebe Coco and Imogen Mason

Can kids be parents? When Cassie’s mother leaves in the night, the

teen wants to care for her younger sisters on her own. But is Cassie

the right person to be "Mum" now, or should she let their foster parents

adopt her sisters and create a new family? 


Based on real-life events and interviews with children in care,

Cassie and the Lights examines our ideas of what makes a family, and

celebrates the incredible determination and resilience of teenagers.

Alex has written and directed this brand new play with music for his

company Patch of Blue. After acclaimed runs at Vault and Adelaide

Festivals 2020, it will open for a full length London run this Autumn.

WINNER- Best Theatre Week 2, Adelaide Fringe

WINNER- Excellent Play Award, Central Academy Awards, China

★★★★★- 'something quite extraordinary' - Creative Reviews UK

★★★★★ - The Adelaide Advertiser

★★★★★ - 'It is unmissable' - Adelaide Theatre Guide

★★★★★ - Glam Adelaide

★★★★★ - 'flawless...unlike anything you've ever seen'- Radelaide

★★★★★ - 'outstanding theatre... landing every wrenching blow,

then picking us up with each wonderful moment' - Stage Whispers

★★★★ ThreeDRadio

★★★★ 'hilariously convincing portrayals'- InDaily

Cassie and the Lights  © scarab pictures