Thursday, October 14, 2010

Oliver Review

Jarrow Community Centre
Jarrow Musical Theatre Company
12 October 2010

Charles Dickens once quoted that ‘a boy's story is the best that is ever told’, well no better than through the story of Oliver Twist.
Workhouse rules and oppression are the order of the day…until Oliver’s stomach takes over and he dares to ask for more.
Sold to the highest bidder for his insolence, Oliver soon realises that dastardly deeds are commonplace. A daring escape from the clutches of his new ‘owners’, leads Oliver onto the streets, and straight into the hands of Fagin, the Artful Dodger and Bill Sykes- all leaders of a pickpocketing tribe of vagabond children.
Oliver’s life will never be the same again. Will he conform to the activities set before him? Will he wish that he never had his original spurt of courage?

Oliver Twist is a bright, colourful and enjoyable stageplay that was received well by a sizeable first night audience. Andrew Fearon’s production and direction secured the best out of the 50 strong cast. The fabulous children of the production sang with brilliant voices, and choreography (Laura Kelly) was spot on.
Firm musical favourites such as ‘Food, Glorious Food’, ‘Consider Yourself’ and ‘Pick A Pocket Or Two’ were sounded from the stage with pride and clarity.
Notable mentions for Peter Brack as Fagin, and Malcolm Blakey as Sykes, who both commanded the stage with relish.
This Production of Oliver has made my day, make it your day too.

Oliver is performing between Tue 12th to Fri 15th October, Nightly at 7pm. Sat 16th Oct 1pm and 5.30pm

Michael Hunter

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