Harvey, by Exeter University Theatre Company at the Exeter Northcott from Tuesday, February 2 to Saturday, February 6, follows the story of the affable Elwood P Dowd and his imaginary friend Harvey, a six foot, one-inch rabbit.
When Elwood starts to introduce Harvey, a pooka, to guests at his sister Veta’s party, she has seen as much of his eccentric behaviour as she can tolerate. Concerned for social hierarchy she decides to have him committed to a sanitarium in order to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment.
When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues, resulting in the doctors committing Veta instead of Elwood. Spiraling out of control, the doctors eventually realise their mistake and the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When he reappears at the sanitarium, looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that Elwood’s charm has had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors; including renowned Dr. Chumley, his medical partner Dr. Sanderson, and the head nurse Miss Kelly.
Perhaps best known for its 1950 cinema adaptation, Mary Chase’s play Harvey received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1945. ‘Harvey’ is a much-loved story for all ages, here revitalised with youth and energy to celebrate it’s cinematic and stage roots.
• Harvey runs from Tuesday, February 2 to Saturday, February 6 at 7.30pm, with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets range from £16 – £10 (concession, £2 discount). Tickets are available online at the Exeter Northcott site, or call the box office on 01392 493493
Stay tuned to Arts+Culture for directors Isolde Godfrey and Nick Cassen talking about the production