Pupils delighted friends and family with an exceptional adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic favourite, Oliver Twist.
Performed on an incredible, professionally-built West End set, complete with eerie London smog and Fagin’s notorious den, 107 talented pupils, from ages 8-13, convincingly performed the Victorian tale of Oliver Twist. Some of the younger members took the leading roles with Oliver played by Cameron Stephens aged 10 and Dodger by Harrison Lindsey, aged 11
“Unusually, I was cast as Fagin,” said Niamh Allen. “I am not sure a girl has ever been cast as
Fagin before. He is such a colourful character, sneaky,
manipulative, playful and quite dark. I thoroughly
enjoyed playing someone who has so many different
sides to their personality.”
“The cast have put hours and hours of rehearsal time into creating skilful performances, they should all be extremely
proud. Having this wonderful set has also given pupils the chance to experience a little of what it could be like performing
professionally.” explained Lynne Lawrence, Head of Drama.
Oliver Twist was the second novel by Charles Dickens.
Itwas initially published in monthly instalments that
beganin February of 1837, perhaps to educate fellow
Victorians about the poverty some of the population
were facing at that time. Before the dress rehearsal,
Head of History – Mr Gould set the scene for the Junior Forms, who were the actors’ very first audience. He spoke about the poverty in Victorian cities, what people might have had to endure to survive, the origins of the workhouses and some of the rules the workhouse inhabitants were subjected to, such as long hours and being separated from family members.
The two hour, sell-out show was performed four times over three days, to an audience of over 1300, as well as three local schools.