Oliver 2004

29th November – 4th December 2004

“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.

Evening Leader review

Show dates: 29th November – 4th December 2004

Venue: Stiwt Theatre, Rhos, Nr Wrexham.

Director – Audrey Rhodes

Musical Director – David Pritchard

Cast list:

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

Evening Leader Review

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.

Londoners

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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