Oliver! Music, Lyrics and Book by Lionel Bart
Bath Light Operatic Group & Curtain Up Theatre Schools
The Roper Theatre (Hayesfield School)
BLOG have brought together a large cast and a great tribe of children (Curtain Up Theatre School) to present this family favourite.
The tale of Oliver Twist needs little explanation as he journeys from the workhouse to become a pauper’s apprentice, a member of Fagin’s gang and eventually finds his rightful home with his wealthy Grandfather.
Directed by Tristan Carter, there is much to enjoy. From the opening workhouse section through to the large scale chorus numbers the younger cast members are brimming with energy and enthusiasm from the outset. The treat here is the excellent casting of Rob Dallimore as Fagin whose “Reviewing the Situation” is outstanding alongside Tabitha Cox as a highly engaging Nancy whose vocals are also very strong. Nick Feierabend is a suitably sinister Bill Sykes whilst the central performances on this occasion featured Isabelle Higham as a confident and capable Dodger who takes the appealing and vulnerable Oliver (Matthew Sani) under his wing.
The band is well controlled by Matthew Finch whilst the choreography by Annette Wilsher is well executed and the pace is generally good, a few technical issues with sound will no doubt be ironed out but this was a first night that will guarantee a good night out for all the family.
Review by Nicholas Spire
Theatre Bath Note:
This review was sent to the Bath Chronicle on Wednesday 19 April and asked to go up online immediately. No response was received from the Chronicle hence the reason for us posting it here.