Bowraville Arts Council presents Oliver

WHO could forget the famous line 'Please Sir, can I have some more?' from Charles Dickens Oliver Twist.

The immortal words will be brought to life this weekend at the Bowraville Theatre with the staging of the musical, Oliver.

With a cast and crew of more than 40 performers including members of the Bowraville Theatre Singers along with students from Nambucca Heads High School, Oliver is the biggest Bowraville Arts Council production to date.

The production marks a return to stage for retired professional actor Jim Boswell, who stars as the villain, Fagin.

“I retired from acting and moved to Valla Beach about seven years ago,” Jim said.

“The chance to play Fagin enticed me back to the stage.”

The character trains homeless boys to pick pockets but for Jim, Fagin has some redeeming characters.

“He's a soft hearted villain who tugs at the heart strings,” Jim said

“Fagin caused controversy over the years, even in Dickens times because he was a Jew - the next book Dickens wrote had a Jewish hero.”

“But at the end of the musical, Fagin sings a magnificent song about reviewing his situation, reflecting on his actions as he grows older.”

The musical Oliver was written by Lionel Bart in the '60s.

“It was the show that really revived the musical, the breakthrough, after which followed my Fair Lady and the like,” Jim said.

“Oliver Twist looks at the social conditions of the time; the treatment of women, homelessness, poor, but it is also a great family show with lots of songs that people can sing along to.”

Oliver is on at the Bowraville Theatre this Friday from 7pm, Saturday from 7pm, Sunday afternoon from 1pm and on Monday, October 6, from 7pm for a special 'family night' performance. Tickets are $20 for adults, $50 for a family pass, and $45 for a family pass on the Monday night.

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