2001: Oliver (Children's Theatre)

 
The opening scene of 'Oliver' opens in the sinister interior of the workhouse, with bare dining tables where the children are fed. These pale-faced wretches file in slowly and sing 'Food, Glorious Food'. Widow Corney, who runs the workhouse, and Mr. Bumble, the Parish Beadle, enter and a thin gruel is served to the children. Alone among them little Oliver Twist takes his bowl to Bumble and asks for more. Bumble is outraged and decides that Oliver must go. He hawks Oliver through the streets of London and sells him to Mr. Sowerberry, the undertaker. Alone and frightened, Oliver runs away and is picked up, hungry and tired in the street, by the Artful Dodger. He takes Oliver to the hideout of his master, Fagin. Fagin and his horde of apprentice theives welcome Oliver. Nancy, Bill Sykes' girl, and Bet arrive at Fagin's hideout and meet Oliver. Next morning, all the children go off on a pocket-picking expedition. Oliver is caught be the police, not for picking pockets but for looking guilty.
 
In Act two, the curtain rises on an underworld tavern where Nancy is singing. Dodger rushes in telling of Oliver's apprehension by the police, at the same time, revelaing that his innocence has been established and that he is safe in the home of a rich old gentleman. Fagin & Sykes dispatch Nancy to get Oliver back. Meanwhile, at the home of his new-found benefactor, Oliver has become a well-tailored, well-cared for little lad. Looking out of his bedroom window, he hopes that his good luck and new situation in life will be permanent. However, the moment he sets foot outside he is dragged off by Nancy to Fagin's. Fagin is considering going straight. My Bumble and Mrs Corney are now married and discover that Oliver comes from a rich family and try to get him back. Nancy, regretting her part in the capture of Oliver, plans to return him to his benefactor. Sykes stalks her and kills her. He grabs Oliver and, after a chase, is himself shot dead. Oliver is restored to his benefactor, who is infact his grandfather. Fagin, now minus boys, grabs all of his posessions and disappears off into the night.
 

 

Our 2001 cast is:

 

Oliver - Craig McIntyre

Dodger - Graeme Scott

Fagin - Scott McNiven

Mr. Bumble - Douglas Greig

Widow Corney - Kate Kirkwood

Mr. Sowerberry - Sean Campbell

Mrs. Sowerberry - Debbie Miller

Noah Claypole - Calum Fraser

Charlotte - Megan Rodgers

Nancy - Siobhan Allardice

Bill Sykes - Pete Hannah

Mr. Brownlow - Kevin Lawrence

Dr. Grimwig - Ben Miller

Mrs. Bedwin - Laura Nicol

Bet - Rebecca Manson

The Dancers - Katy Barron, Nyree Brankin, Victoria Brankin, Alison Campbell, Emma Hay, Lauren Hurcombe, Laura Samson

 

Artistic Director...Lesley Easton

Musical Director...Eddie MacLennan

Choreographer...Nicola Hughes