At the Brewhouse Arts Centre Mellow Dramatics delivered an adaption of Charles Dicken’s novel Oliver Twist packed with talent and comedy.
The classic musical songs such as Consider Yourself and Food Glorious Food highlighted all the performer’s vocal talents.
Joe Wardle (a role shared with Joe Beckwith) gave a controlled and fitting performance of the title character Oliver, whilst Becky Stewart's Nancy was thoroughly captivating with a strong vocal and dramatic performance.
Two other notable strong acting performances came from Bill Sykes, played by Steve Wood, and Mr Brownlow, played by Trevor Davis. Both actors captured their characters well.
Oliver and the Artful Dodger, Callum Davis complemented each other well, as did Nancy and Bet, Hannah Smith. With both duos giving an entertaining and well-choreographed version of I’ll Do Anything.
Mr Sowerberry, played by Jack Broughton, garnered many a laugh from the audience. As did Mr Bumble, Melvyn Edwards and Widow Corney, Jean Edwards.
Artistically the costumes worked well and there was creative use of the stage space. The addition of rhythmic sound from numerous bowls and utensils incorporated into one of the songs was particularly striking.
The cast (with an assortment of ages), and production team, have worked well together to collectively to deliver an entertaining and confident performance.
Oliver runs at the Brewhouse until 17 September.
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