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Stranraer Actor plays Starring Role

A STRANRAER actor will play a starring role as one of the most popular musicals of recent years comes to Glasgow.

Garrie Harvey (26) plays Amos, one of the lead parts in the Andrew Lloyd Webber hit Whistle Down the Wind.

Former Stranraer Academy pupil Garrie was born and bred in the town and many members of his family still live here. He was involved in local amateur operatics and youth theatre at the Ryan Centre before leaving the town age 18 to pursue his dream of a career in acting.

In 1993 he came to Glasgow for six weeks with the Scottish Youth Theatre. He then trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama Garrie performed in the Edinburgh Fringe two years running with his drama school at Venue 13 at the bottom of the Royal Mile.

Since then his career has blossomed and he has starred in many theatre productions, including playing Tobias in Sweeney Todd at the New Vic Theatre in Stoke, a workshop production of White Christmas directed by Paul Blake - and the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz!

Radio performances, such as the Owl Service aired on Radio 3, also form part of Garrie's impressive CV. Now he is looking forward to one of the biggest roles of his career as Whistle Down the Wind opens in Glasgow. He said:

"This musical is truly charming and I see my character, Amos, as something a bit different from what I have done before".

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