Drama: Harvey Cole Cast in Edinburgh Fringe Production
Upper Fifth Dicker House pupil Harvey Cole has been cast in a lead role in 'The Electra Project,' an upcoming production by theatre company Hungry Wolf set to feature at both the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.
Harvey, who joined Bede's Prep School in Year 6 and has taken part in over six productions at Bede's, including playing the title role in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, Tony in West Side Story and Vittorio Vidal in last term's Sweet Charity, auditioned for the part in mid-February and was overjoyed to hear of his casting earlier this week.
"I was quite surprised, if I'm honest," said Harvey. "My audition was all over the place. I froze twice and completely lost it during two separate readings, but Laura Monro (who runs local drama club The Theatre Workshop which Harvey attends on Friday evenings) must have really lobbied for me. Now it's about really showing them what I can do."
With the support of his friends in Dicker House (the "best house" according to Harvey, due to its community feel) Harvey will now be embarking on a hectic rehearsal schedule to prepare for the production's launch in late May.
Based on the ancient Greek myth of Elektra, The Electra Project will see Hungry Wolf's Dave Jackson direct a diverse and multi-talented cast of teenagers and adults in a challenging political satire, critical of the current government.
Harvey alongside Sally-Ann Wild in last term's school musical Sweet Charity.
"Dave is particularly concerned about the state of arts funding, "explains Harvey, "and so within this production there are going to be some jabs taken in that direction. But there is a lot going on in the play - it's incredibly rich."
The story of the play sees Ellie, a modern-day Elektra, forced to take a part in a play by her pushy, failed-actress mother. When an audience member captures an horrific production mishap on his mobile phone however, and that video goes viral on YouTube, Ellie's world is turned upside-down.
"It's a comedy, but there's horror elements and some very clever ideas threaded through it too," Harvey adds. "For example, the ancient Greek chorus in the play has been replaced by comments made on online message boards. It's an adaptation which is highly relevant to the times in which we're living."
Within the production, Harvey will be playing Alfie, an artistic, naïve teenager who the director of the play within the play.
"It's a great part," says Harvey, "and I'm really excited about the production. To be taking it to the Brighton Fringe first of all, during May and June, is just fantastic - especially as my friends and family can come to see it. And then we will be taking it up to Edinburgh in August, which is going to be the most amazing experience."
But what about Harvey's GCSEs, which are only a few weeks away?
"I'm trying to not get too stressed about them," he says. "I want to be an actor when I leave school, so this is hopefully the sort of shape my life will take moving forward. I had better get used to it!"