AUDIENCE CHEER FOR 'MORE' OLIVER TWIST AT WESTONBIRT SCHOOL
PUBLISHED: 16:04 20 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:16 20 February 2013
At the end of the Spring Term, Westonbirt School' girls gave two magnificent performances of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. <br/><br/><br/><br/>This year's school production (an adaptation by Neil Bartlett) certainly did have a 'twist'
At the end of the Spring Term, Westonbirt School girls gave two magnificent performances of Charles Dickens Oliver Twist.
This years school production (an adaptation by Neil Bartlett) certainly did have a twistas the audience in the Orangery Theatre was transported not to the streets of London as you might expect, but on to the life-size board of Snakes and Ladders.
The inspiration for the set came from a picture of Mount Purgatory where poor souls are seen clambering to the top of new levels in the hope of redeeming themselves and earning a place in heaven. Neil Bartletts new adaptation of Oliver Twist showed how the infamous characters of Dodger, Fagin, Nancy, Sikes and Brownlow were caught in their own personal purgatory too. Would they scale the levels to ascend to a better life or be forever destined to a life in hell? The audience watched the characters of good and bad climb up to great heights and fall to the depths of despair as they performed the deeds that would determine their fate.
Head of Drama, Charlotte Crosbee, was delighted with the girls performances:
It was afantastic production to directinvolving a committed, professional cast of girls from all year groups. The cast rose to the challenge of creating real, Dickensian characters such asFagin and Dodger onthe wacky, bold and vibrant set of a Snakes and Ladders board. There were some brilliant performances given by lead roles, especiallySaskia Burden as Fagin, Alice Wordsworth as Nancy and EmmaGardner as Bill Sikes. The girls all worked extremely hard and I am very proud of them all.
Performing Arts at Westonbirt School are thriving. Many girls won first place awards for Speech and Drama at the recent Bath Festival, as well as first place awards at the Bath Music Festival. The girls also participate in community projects and last year visited Hop, Skip and Jump! a local day care centre for children with special needs, where the girls spent a rewarding few hours playing drama games with them as part of a drama therapy initiative.
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