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Westholme student's coursework showcased at Edinburgh Fringe
3:00pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
AN A-level student’s coursework - a stage production about a women’s prison - was deemed so good it was showcased at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Former Westholme School student Alice Harfield, 18, came up with ‘Original Sin’, a black comedy about a women’s jail, as part of her theatre studies’ A-level.
She got full marks for the coursework but, more importantly, the show impressed organisers enough to merit a week of live performances at the Cowgate Head during the internationally-renowned comedy festival.
Alice, of Wood Lea Chase, Darwen, said she came up with a concept but allowed the actors to improvise without being tied to a script.
She said: “I am really interested in sociology and I had this idea of women in prison, taking inspiration from Broadway play Our Country’s Good, which is about inmates at a penal colony in Australia.
“It started as an improvisation and I filmed what everyone came up with, took it home and watched it to come up with a script.
“But it was a working script that changed all the time, which worked really well.
“Every now and then, someone would come up with a new line and it would be hilarious.”
Alice said the production had been well received at the theatre in Scotland.
She said: “It was just a small room with a raised platform. It was a bit like a dungeon.
“The room held about 35 and most nights it was almost full, and then on the last night they had to open the back door because word had gone round and more people wanted to see it.
“On one night there were some students in from Sheffield who gave us a standing ovation.
“They said it was the best thing they had seen and they couldn’t believe we were just A-level students.”
Alice, who has been a student at Westholme all the way through her education, also studied sociology, psychology and philosophy.
She will begin a degree in sociology this month, but harbours ambitions of one day becoming a director.
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