York Light Opera Company are a great amateur dramatics company in York. They always provide a fresh, talented portrayal of a production. This year they’re bringing Lionel Bart’s Oliver! to the York Theatre Royal stage for their 60th year!
You’ll probably know Oliver! as it’s based on the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. It’s a musical about a little lad who dared to ask for more. He escaped a workhouse but ends up in London’s murky underworld with the thieving Fagin, dangerous Bill Sykes and boisterous Artful Dodger.
Alex Edmondson and Matthew Warry share the role of Oliver, with Jack Hambleton and Sam Piercy both playing Oliver. Emma-Louise Dickinson, last seen as Rizzo in Grease, plays Nancy with Jonny Holbeck as villainous Bill Sykes. His canine companion Bullseye is played by two English Bull terriers cast after doggy auditions. Playing Fagin is Rory Mulvihill, whose appearances with York theatre companies include playing both Jesus and Satan in The York Mystery Plays. The company has a cast of 40 so it’s going to be a full stage!
The songs in Lionel Bart’s musical are particularly catchy, including Consider Yourself, Food Glorious Food, You’ve Got To Pick A Pocket or Two, Oom-pah-pah and the powerful As Long As He Needs Me.
“This show for all ages will tug at your heart strings, put a smile on your face and certainly make you ask for more,” says a York Light spokesperson.
Head along to York Theatre Royal from 12th – 22nd February.
Photography credited to Hannah Carter-Brown