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'OLIVER' - Summer Musical 2011


“Please Sir, I want some more!”




Oliver Twist is the second novel by English author Charles Dickens, published in 1838. The story is about an orphan Oliver Twist, who endures a miserable existence in a workhouse and then is placed with an undertaker. He escapes and travels to London where he meets the Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets. Oliver is led to the lair of their elderly criminal trainer Fagin, naively unaware of their unlawful activities.

Oliver Twist is notable for Dickens' unromantic portrayal of criminals and their sordid lives. The book exposed the cruel treatment of many a waif-child in London, which increased international concern in what is sometimes known as "The Great London Waif Crisis."

An early example of the social novel, the book calls the public's attention to various contemporary evils, including the Poor Law, child labour and the recruitment of children as criminals. Dickens mocks the hypocrisies of his time by surrounding the novel's serious themes with sarcasm and dark humour. The novel may have been inspired by the story of Robert Blincoe, an orphan whose account of hardships as a child labourer in a cotton mill was widely read in the 1830s. It is likely that Dickens's own early youth as a child labourer contributed to the story's development.

Bringing vividly to life Dickens’ timeless characters with its ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more, Lionel Bart’s now famous musical score of the original story includes Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two, I’d Do Anything, Oom Pah Pah, As Long As He Needs Me and many more.

We hope you enjoy Rainham Mark’s production of Oliver!



Oliver—Ben Towers

Artful Dodger—Keshav Shukla

Fagin—Molly Williams

Nancy—Claudia Frank

Bill Sykes—Jaipal Babra


Mr Bumble—Chris Lodoiska

Widow Corney—Zoe Howlett

Mr Brownlow—Aaron Tej

Mr Sowerberry—Molly Aysu

Mrs Sowerberry/Chairman—Kerry Boughton

Mrs Bedwin/Noah—Chloe Fowler

Bet/Dr. Grimwig—Chloe Smith

Charlotte/Street Vendor—Rhiannon Truscott

Night-watchman/Street Vendor—Josh Barden

Old Lady/Street Vendor—Rachel Holman

Street Vendor—Lorna Clark

Charles Bates—Addison Truscott

Sally—Daniella Piers



Lorna Clark, Aaron Mathe, Rheannon Feehan, Simran Khambay

(along with the rest of the cast)



Violin—Mr Bowden

Flute—Miss Laxton

Clarinet—Angus Cousins

Bassoon—Mr Moore

Percussion—John Clark

Bass Guitar—Jack Bates

Piano—Miss Smallwood



Mr Mount & Mrs Skinner

Musical Director

Miss Smallwood


Miss Walker

Production Manager

Mr Tye

Costume Designer/Wardrobe Mistress

Mrs Rayment

Set Design

Richard Parsons, Lisa Brighton & Holly Seager



Lighting Designer—Matt Norris

Sound Engineer—Mr Tye

Stage Managers—Mr Mount & Mrs Skinner

Assistant Stage Manager—Adam Wigmore

Front of House—Billie Negus, Gina Benham, Ellie Shields


The Performing Arts Department would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that has helped to create this production by offering their time or donating items.


To see photos from this production click here

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