Less than a week until Fringe, we interview actress Alex Olley!

Q: What is your role in the show?

A: Mr. Baker/Dr.Lavell

Q: Tell us about yourself:

A: I have a flare for neon colours and I'm a total adrenalin junky! Want someone to bungee jump with? I'm your gal. I spent last summer backpacking in Europe and recently built a house for a family in need in Nicaragua so I think it's safe to say I have been bitten by the travel bug. Hard. I have two sisters, one older and one younger who I love very much and I recently became a mom! To my adopted cat Lewis who I also love very much. I can't wait to see everyone at fringe and hopefully you can make it out to show! We can't wait to see you.

Q: What are some of your defining experiences as an artist?

A: I have so many defining experiences! My time at Queen's has provided me with so many wonderful and diverse opportunities that have helped make me a well rounder performer but also given me tons of new skills in all aspects of theatre and film. I'll be sad to leave but I'm excited to take all the experiences I’ve had at Queen's out into the world and see what the rest of my life has in store.

Q: In thirty words or less, what is the show about?

A: This show is about young women trying to break into the medical world at a time when being a doctor was strictly a man’s profession. Trials and tribulations are faced by students and teachers alike!

Q: What is the most interesting thing you've learned in the research process?
A:  I was brought on fairly late in the shows process so unfortunately I wasn't really part of the research aspect. However, I have been really inspired by everyone's passion for the shows content and have had a lot of fun learning about the show. The show has a lot of really great history that is really enjoyable to learn about! I think the truth behind the show makes the story incredibly interesting and exciting.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about going to Fringe?

A: I can't wait to see everyone else's work! I'm looking forward to a broad range of subject matter and creativity. Possibilities on the stage are endless and I can't wait to see what the other companies have come up with. Also, a beer tent never hurts.

Q: What’s on your “must watch list”?

A: A good friend of mine is the stage manager for "Jesus Freaks" so I'm excited to see that show and support the work she and everyone else has put into it.

Q: Why are you involved in the show?

A: I'm doing the show because I love theatre! I think you learn something new and gain something from every opportunity you're given and I that's why I'm so happy to be participating in this show.

Q: Describe the rehearsal process in five words:

A: fun, loud, crazy, exciting, motivating

Q: Why should people come see the show?

A: I can honestly say my cast members are very talented and our director/stage manager has poured her heart and soul into it! The historical background of this show makes it unique and intriguing. The historical content in conjunction with the gender bending that takes place presents a very interesting take on the show's background that I think audience members will find very unique.