We've had fantastic feedback for Oliver! Thanks to everybody who worked so hard on making the show a success - and thanks for everyone who came and supported us.
Taylorian’s Oliver is simply glorious!
By Jackie Turley
Taylorian Productions wanted to stage a memorable show as they celebrate their 10th anniversary. And with a huge wealth of talent, imaginative direction and impressive professional sets and costumes Oliver! truly will be remembered for all of the right reasons.
The show, directed by John Cumberlidge and produced by Matt James, features a cast of 68 performers, including 31 juniors and even a rescue dog from Ard Jerkyll. Ben Heath made for a very believable Fagin, and his rendition of ‘You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two’ was one of the stand-out moments for me.
Georgia Maddocks was a vocal powerhouse as Nancy – wow, can she deliver! And Damian Kneale relished his role as the dark and fearsome Bill Sykes.
The role of orphan boy Oliver is being shared by Joe Locke and William Shooter. And Oliver Sykes and Alex Reynolds alternate playing the Artful Dodger.
Everyone that I’ve spoken to about the show has loved it – and been hugely impressed by the professionalism, enthusiasm and skill displayed by all of the young principals. It was Joe and Oliver’s turn on the Gaiety Theatre stage the night that I watched. Joe made it easy for the audience to root for him, and we felt part of his emotional journey from escaping to the Victorian workhouse, to being part of a gang of thieves and pickpockets, and then his eventual rescue from a life of crime.
Oliver was a captivating Artful Dodger and I left the theatre humming one of the show’s most iconic songs, ‘Consider Yourself’.
If you haven’t already, grab yourself a ticket to see Taylorian’s show before it is too late!
OLIVER! AFTER SHOW PARTY
We had a great evening celebrating everyones achievements and contributions to Oliver! 2016. Lovely to see you all and thank you again from all at Taylorian.