Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Olly Alexander makes his stage debut

Currently to be seen at cinemas in Gasper Noe's Enter The Void, Olly Alexander has made his stage debut in The Aliens at the Bush Theatre. Olly was one of Screenterrier's Faces To Watch in 2009 and will also be seen in the lead role of Paul in upcoming BBC3 drama The Fades.

In The Aliens, Olly plays Evan, a newly recruited waiter with a keen work ethic at a small coffee shop in Vermont. On discovering a pair of intellectual loungers perched in the staff’s dilapidated smoking area, Evan is gently drawn into their world of soft drugs, new-age philosophies and bands that never quite were, realising that there might be more to life than he’d previously thought.

His debut has been met with widespread critical acclaim. In the Evening Standard, Henry Hitchings writes, “The highlight is Olly Alexander as Evan. Shortly to be seen in a new film of Gulliver’s Travels, he has a precision and oddly nervous charm that make him a significant talent to watch.”

Mark Shenton of The Stage describes Olly’s as a “remarkable stage debut...He’s a riveting presence, wide-eyed (and even wider-eared) with fascination and fear.”

The Aliens runs at the Bush Theatre in London until 16th October.

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