Review by Saffia Farr from Friends of Marlwood.

In the first week of July, audiences at Marlwood school were treated to outstanding performances of Oliver.

Some extremely talented young people belted out classic favourites from Lionel Bart’s show, with a characteristically eccentric Fagin, terrifyingly broody Bill Sikes, brilliantly humorous Mr Bumble, cheeky Artful Dodger and an emotional Nancy who struggled on with a hoarse voice, which added an even deeper level of poignancy to her performance.

Oliver was perfectly cast with sad, soulful eyes coupled with an incredibly clear voice.

The leads were supported by a fabulous cast of urchins who danced and sang their hearts out.

Comments from the audience were that they were blown away by the talent of the students alongside the professionalism of the show.

The stage stretched down the middle of the hall so that the cast had room to move around creatively and the audience felt engaged.

Sound, lighting, props, all were excellent. Huge praise must go to Mr Ben Humphries who led the musicians and Mrs Becky Ferguson who produced the whole show.

We should all be extremely proud of what our local school can produce.

Click the gallery above to view Imogen Roberts' photos from the show.