Attended Elwood 2013 - 2018
Harry has always had a passion for creative writing, for reading and performing. Prodigiously talented; he created his first Elwood College production original script around the songlist for the musical showcase “A Day of Sky” in 2017 and then wrote his second script for the highly original and character driven; “Taletellers” in the summer holidays before his Year 12 year commenced. His third play “Skullduggery” was written right after Year 12 exams . All 3 plays received high praise from audiences, and student performers loved the creativity and liveliness of the scripts. Harry is now in his second year of a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing at RMIT.
Harry commented that it was at Elwood College that he discovered a real love for writing scripts and he learned a lot about to work as a writer and how to communicate with actors and directors.
“Elwood College is such a close and compact community and I do believe that it was the only school that would have allowed me to entirely write and stage a school production. There was a lot of personal learning for me at Elwood and I really appreciated the encouragement of my drama teachers; Matt Green and Julian Stokes, my Year 12 Literature teacher Susan McDonald and Year 12 English teacher Marc Favre, who have always challenged and believed in me.”
Harry sees the school productions as the “very soul of Elwood College and the highlight of every school year”.
Harry won the City of Glen Eira ‘My Brother Jack’ Short Story Awards in 2012 when he was in primary school, and again in 2015 as a year 9 student. His entries were respectively titled “Barry Trubshaw and the Giant Blender” and “Destination Lavatory”. He won his category in this award, out of 116 other entries.
Aged 16, he was chosen as one of only 15 theatre-loving teenagers, to be a youth ambassador for the Melbourne Theatre Company where participants meet monthly to hear and learn from industry professionals and discuss theatrical performances that they have seen.
Harry said he was “thrilled and grateful” to have been accepted into the program, which gives young thespians an insight into the world of professional theatre.
In an interview with The Leader in April 2017, Harry said just “sharing art with as many people as possible” was an important part of boosting the theatre industry.
For him, “theatre has been a safe haven where he can express his thoughts, feelings and desires.“It has helped me articulate my emotions and express them,” he said. “Playing a role is about embracing a part of yourself you never knew existed — and it’s just wonderful and joyous to be able to give that to an audience.”
Harry continues to learn his craft in the RMIT Creative Writing Course and says it is quite “humbling’ to constantly receive feedback on his writing from others in the course, some of whom are considerably older.
Despite, taking to the stage in a number of Elwood College productions; most notably as the Wizard in the 2015 production of “The Wizard of Oz”, Harry’s real interest is in writing for the theatre and possibly for television.