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Ivy Pratt- interview

'13' the musical was playing at Cadogan Hall at the end of last month, and it was absolutely packed with young talent. Depicting the story of a soon-to-be teenager, Evan, we follow his journey of planning the perfect Bar Mitzvah, after recently having to move away from his hometown and subsequently, all his friends that were invited.


You can read my full review of the piece here:




Ivy Pratt, who did a fantastic job playing 'Patrice', has told me a little about what it was like to be in the show.

 

How would you describe '13'?


I would describe '13' as a coming of age story, telling the stories of kids navigating their way through a 'middle of nowhere' high school. '13' is emotional, funny, and is an adorable journey for all the characters. It is definitely different from a lot of shows, as it is based around a Jewish teenager, which isn't a popular trope in musical theatre.




With a cast of over forty teenagers, and an iconic space like Cadogan Hall, this show was unlike any other.


How did it feel to perform at Cadogan Hall, as well as being part of such a huge cast?


Performing at Cadogan Hall was exhilarating. I have been performing in West End theatres since I was very young, but Cadogan Hall was my first time in 2 years doing so. Places like Cadogan Hall are so special, and I am so grateful for the opportunity. Being a part of a huge cast was awesome- I have made so many friends! I have now joined BTA (British Theatre Academy) and I'm having the best time of my life.




Which character in '13' do you think you're most like in real life, and why?


I do believe I am most like Patrice, because we both have a fiery side to us. I also tend to stick to the side lines in school, and I don't follow around the 'popular' kids. I have a small friend group, just like she does, and I stand up for what I believe in.




Do you have a particular favourite part of the show?


My favourite part of the show is when Evan says 'You suck Brett' and he gets punched in the face! This is because it's the turning point for Evan's character, as he finally sees who his real friends are (and the fake punch is really cool to watch on stage). We also see the core 3- Evan, Archie and Patrice- finally become a trio again, and I adore their friendship.




Because we are still amid huge changes brought about by the pandemic, each show that is part of this wonderful resurgence of theatre plays a special role in this.


How has it felt being part of the return of theatre at such a monumental time for the industry?


It has been surreal, but I have loved every second. It is very different, as you still have to undergo COVID-19 procedures, but the thrill on stage is all the same. I am so honoured to be chosen to play Patrice in a time where jobs are more limited.




As a young performer, Ivy has unbelievable potential, and I was intrigued to know where she saw her future heading.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?


Ooo, this is a tricky one, as I love musical theatre and music. I think I see myself going down the performing route for sure, but whether it's musical theatre or making my own music is for the future to decide. Either way, I would love to tour whilst performing as it is so fun!




What's your dream role?


My dream role is definitely Maureen from Rent the musical, as her songs are so fun to sing and I love her personality and her energy that she brings as it adds a different dynamic to the show. To add to that, she is part of the LGBTQ+ community and I am too, so I'd love to play someone that represents that part of me.




What a fantastic role- I, for one, definitely look forward to the day that becomes a reality! To finish, here's my staple question...


And lastly, who inspires you, and why?


New people inspire me daily, as the performing arts industry is constantly evolving. However, currently I am really inspired by actor Paul Mescal. He is, in my opinion, one of the best actors on screen of all time, and I'm captivated by every scene he is in on screen. The choices he makes as an actor are so authentic and real- if you haven't watched 'Normal People', then I suggest you do as his performance is phenomenal.



 

Big thank you to Ivy for sharing an insight into what it was like being in '13', and a little more about herself too. You are a star destined for the stage, and I can't wait to see what comes next for you.


{Some grammar is amended for clarity}


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