Alexis's first foray into screenwriting was in the form of short film, 'Shoes', which she wrote and perfomed in in 2012. ‘Shoes’ is directed by BBC’s Dermot Canterbury and co-stars Steve Furst (‘Little Britain’, ‘Skins’ etc). It was officially selected for the LSFF, Portobello, Croatian, Jewish and many other international film festivals.
‘Taking Minutes’, a comedy about a truly terrible office temp, was Alexis's acclaimed second short film, directed by Rachel Givney and co-starring Henry Luxemburg.
'Denise Presents', Alexis's third short film, featuring Sue Holderness, has popped up on many comedy websites such as The British Comedy Guide and is being developed as a series.
Some online sketches of a talking penis (!) caught the eye of the team at Hat Trick and Alexis was commissioned to write and perform in a series of online sketches for Hat Trick's online arm, 'Bad Teeth'. Since then she has also been commissioned to write pilots/taster tapes for Shed Productions and Fresh One, Jamie Oliver's Production company.
Next short film on the slate is the British comedy heist, 'Lucky Teddy' directed by C.Corben.
In late 2015, Alexis set up 'Axis Of Stupid Productions' with the goal to create quality comedy sketches and upload them to her Axis Of Stupid YouTube Page. Her latest sketch, 'Facebook Parents', was a huge success with over 100,000 hits and was a festive affair for Christmas 2016. It focuses on *those* annoying Facebook Parent types we all love to hate.
Click here to view.
Alexis has just completed her debut comedy memoir, 'The Time I Almost...' about her twenty year career in the entertainment biz and her ensuing 'meteoric rise to anonymity'! She is promoting the book via a series of live confessional nights which are 'part-storytelling, part-confessional and wholly entertaining'.
The first live event is at The Book Club, London on 24th October 2018, with all profits from ticket sales being donated to Women's Aid.
Visit the website for more details! The book is as yet unpublished but Alexis will be blogging excerpts of it via the site. Stay tuned for more info- we hope to see you sharing YOUR 'time I almost' moments very soon!
Alexis's second play, 'Volcano', a comedy drama set in London at the time of the Icelandic volcano eruptions in 2010, was developed over an 18 month period by the wonderful Rikki Beadle-Blair and John Gordon of 'Team Angelica' for their new writing project, 'Angelic Tales'.
'Volcano' had its first performance at Theatre Royal Stratford East on May 6th 2016 with a cast including Ashley Campbell, Nicholas Clarke, Gemma Van Praagh, Ralph Bogard, Kiel Smyth-Bynoe and Alexis herself playing the role of 'Claire'. Pamela Schermann was enlisted as director. The performance was followed by a Q & A session.
Alexis' first play, a comedy called 'Always The Bride' was performed at New Wimbledon Theatre Studio in June 2015, directed by Victor Correia. It was commissioned as part of the 'Fresh Ideas' initiative for new writers and Alexis donated all profits to Samaritans Waltham Forest. You can read the reviews on the Press page but here are some of the best quotes to whet your appetite:
‘A brilliant oddball comedy’,
The International Times
‘Funny and well observed…with a theme that will ring true with a lot of women!’,
‘This hilarious script is chock full of great one-liners and likeable characters’,
***NEWS! Alexis has just been longlisted for the prestigious 'Old Vic 12' for her work as a playwright.
BEFORE AND AFTER
Alexis's third play, 'Before And After',a short comedy set in the world of a TV makeover show debuts on 19th June at The Arcola Theatre, produced by Falling Pennies Productions and co-starring Donna Preston (her co-star from the Mikado ad, where they met chomping chocolate!), Matt Warhurst, Ben Green and Alexis in the role of 'Sarah'. Alexis plans to turn the play into a TV sitcom, such was is interest in the project. One review stated:
'This definitely deserves further life, be it on stage or screen.'
Mind The Blog
As a proud new mummy, Alexis also regularly contributes articles about being a working mum in the entertainment industry for websites including 'Raising Films' and 'Selfish Mother'. The latter blogzine brought out a book, 'The Selfish Mother Book' which included some of Alexis's work in 2016. Links below:
Alexis also recently produced an award-winning documentary about art therapy for The Guardian newspaper online. A little known fact is that Alexis's love of writing started aged 16 when she began writing and performing her own poetry; at the time, becoming London's youngest ever SLAM poetry champion.