'OLIVER' - Summer Musical 2011
“Please Sir, I want some more!”
THURSDAY 14TH JULY 2011 - 7PM
FRIDAY 15TH JULY 2011 - 7PM
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!
Artful Dodger—Keshav Shukla
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
Lorna Clark, Aaron Mathe, Rheannon Feehan, Simran Khambay
(along with the rest of the cast)
Bass Guitar—Jack Bates
Mr Mount & Mrs Skinner
Costume Designer/Wardrobe Mistress
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.
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