“Please Sir, I want some more”
Synopsis of the story.
Abandoned as an orphan on the death of his mother, Oliver has been raised in a workhouse run by the mean Widow Corney and Mr Bumble the parish beadle. Just like all the other orphans he is underfed and hungry and, when he can’t stand this anymore and asks for a second helping of gruel Mr Bumble and Widow Corney are furious. They are so angry that they sell him on the street for five pounds to the undertaker Mr Sowerberry.
Mr Sowerberry means to use him as a funeral attendant but he is severly teased by Noah Claypole, the undertaker’s apprentice. So unhappy is he, that he makes good his escape and is effectively homeless on the mean streets of London.
He falls into the company of the Artful Dodger who introduces him to the notorious Fagin, who is running a school for street thieves and pickpockets whilst, of course, living on the proceeds from the sale of their stolen goods. Whilst there Oliver meets Bill Sykes, Nancy, Bet and a host of other colourful characters. Fagin attempts to train Oliver in the tricks of their “trade”.
Eventually, and in the course of a bungled theft, he meets Mr Brownlow, an event which will evetually change his life. A happy ending is in sight, but not without some exciting twists and turns in the plot, with the climax occuring against the dramatic background of London Bridge.
Show dates: 29th November – 4th December 2004
Venue: Stiwt Theatre, Rhos, Nr Wrexham.
Director – Audrey Rhodes
Musical Director – David Pritchard
Oliver Twist “A Workhouse Boy” – Luke Rhodes Leader
Mr Bumble “The Beadle” – Owen Osbourne
Widow Corney “The Workhouse Mistress” – Debbie French
Noah Claypole “The Undertaker’s Apprentice” – James Harper
Mr Sowerberry “The Undertaker” – Dafydd L Griffiths
Mrs Sowerberry “The Undertaker’s Wife” – Robina Crawford
Charlotte “Their Sluttish Daughter” – Leanne Bonson
The Artful Dodger “Fagin’s Star Pupil” – David Harris
Fagin “Trainer of Pickpockets” – Bill Robertson
Nancy “Bill Sykes’ Doxy” – Annie Hughes
Charles Bates “One of Fagin’s Boys” – Joe Theobold
Bet “A Girl in Fagin’s Establishment” – Lucy Powell
Bill Sykes “A Villain in his Prime” – Jonathan Francis
Mrs Bedwin “Brownlow’s Housekeeper” – Lyn Aston
Mr Brownlow “An Old and Wealthy Gent” – Terry Marland
Dr Grimwig “Brownlow’s Family Doctor” – Alan Edwards
Old Sally “A Pauper” – Marina Barnes
Workhouse boys & Fagin’s gang
Tammy Dobbins, Robert Evans, Sophie Evans, James Hampson, Carmen Hopkins, Justin Hopkins, Matthew Hughes, Matthew Lovelock, Alex Marland, Rueben Rhodes Leader, Dominic Simms, Joseph Theobold, Rhys Thomas Williams, Rhys Williams.
Marina Barnes, Leanne Bonson, Amanda Carlton, Robina Crawford, Lucy Dean, Janet Dobie, Carmen Edwards, Jodi Foulkes, Dafydd L Griffiths, James Harper, Veronica Hulmes, Derrick Jones, Jade Jones, Kendra Jones, Olwen Jones, Lesley Nunn, Patrick O’Reilly, Owen Osborn, Keira Pugh, Nina Plonka, Angharad Siencyn, Gemma Waring, Mary Watson, Neil Williams, Steven Williams.
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