- 29 Apr 21
Ollie was nominated for Best Actor for the role at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2018, and won Best Visiting Actor at Boston's IRNE Awards 2019, for his performance as Hamnet at Arts Emerson’s Paramount Theatre.
Rising teen talent Ollie West has released a brand new album, self-made entirely from his bedroom.
We Can See Blue sees a mix of alternative folk tracks with a pop essence, composed of short running times and full of DIY lo-fi instrumental sounds.
As an 11-year-old, West was the young star of Hamnet at the Dublin Theatre Festival. The near one-man show featured Bush Moukarzel as Shakespeare, and was directed by Ben Kidd.
Raised in a theatrical background, West's parents are Annie Ryan and Michael West, the director and writer behind Corn Exchange.
The Transition Year student is proficient at performing on both guitar and piano, and curated the whole album after the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close.
"I started making the album at the beginning of 2021, when online classes had just started," Ollie tells Hot Press.
"I made a new song roughly every two days. I thought they sounded pretty nice, so I decided to just make a whole album. The whole thing was recorded on garage band on my phone with just a normal pair of headphones and a guitar."
"The cover of the album is a photo of my cousin on a hill. When she was like about five-years-old, she got a blue pen and drew little stick figures and crowns on it, and we both found it in her house and thought it looked like a sick album cover."
Having toured Berlin, Holland and Boston with Hamnet, Ollie is set to shoot his first film Sparrow this coming May. Watch this space...
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