CHARLES DICKENS’ IMMORTAL NOVEL ‘OLIVER TWIST’ CAME TO THE CHALLONER STUDIO THEATRE FROM 28TH TO 30TH JANUARY IN AN EXCITING NEW DRAMATISATION WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY NEIL ZOLADKIEWICZ
First written in 1837, Dickens’ novel tells the adventures of Oliver Twist who is born in a Workhouse and escapes to London. There he meets the Artful Dodger and finds himself among a gang of thieves led by the villainous old Fagin. Rescued and then kidnapped again, Oliver is forced by the violent burglar Sikes to rob a house where he is shot. Will he recover? And will the secret of his mother ever be revealed?
Hungarian Ambassador wants ‘more’ ….
Drama students delivered polished performances of a new dramatisation of Charles Dickens’ ‘Oliver Twist’ to packed audiences over three nights last week. The first night’s production included a Gala Reception for VIP guests including the Mayor of Kingston-upon Thames, Cllr Ken Smith, and the Hungarian Ambassador, Mr Szabadhegy, to commemorate the school’s 25th anniversary of performing with various theatre companies in Budapest.
With strong links established by the play’s Production Director, Neil Zoladkiewicz, the Challoner performers travel as a theatre company every February during half-term to perform plays and run workshops. They have just returned from a successful trip having performed at the Kolibri Szinhaz Theatre and the International Buda Stage, as well as a performance and workshops at St Imres High School.
Reflecting on the school’s links in Budapest over the past 25 years, Mr Zoladkiewicz commented: “We have had numerous amazing experiences and as we have been appearing in the beautiful city of Budapest almost every year since 1990, the city is almost a second home to the Challoner Theatre Company! We were also honoured that Mr Szabadhegy agreed to formally open our beautiful new Drama Studio.”
The cast of ‘Oliver Twist’ comprised GCSE and A level students and demonstrated the wealth of talent that Richard Challoner currently has in the upper school. The young performers immersed themselves in the play’s quirky characters, and demonstrated their keenness over the past three months, giving up their Sundays and evenings to deliver high quality performances.