“Friends and family” “Thrilled with the reaction” You’ll consider yourself surprised
The young and enthusiastic cast of Olivia at Aberdeen Arts Centre.
SHERLOCK Holmes, Scrooge and Eliza Doolittle walk into an orphanage. No, it’s not the start of some literary joke, it is, in fact, part of the premise around which GizGiz’s new show Olivia is built. Scripted by Malcolm Circum – who also wrote the lyrics and music – it is a retelling of Dickens’ tale Oliver, but with a female lead and a few special guests, including Dickens and George Bernard Shaw. Rachael Grant – who is directing her second show with GizGiz following last year’s King and I – said: “They come in as detectives hired as one of the main characters is wanting to find out something ... but I can’t say too much without giving the plot away. “The show relies on dramatic irony and I think that’s the factor in this that makes people sit up and take notice of it. “These characters are so colourful and different.” But she said that the choice to stage Olivia – as well as it being a lively and interesting play – was due to the group itself. “GizGiz is made up of mainly girls and the lead character is a girl in an orphanage. “We wanted to make sure there were enough roles for the cast we have. We really need boys in GizGiz!” But she had nothing but praise for her cast, including Emma Stott, who is performing the lead role just days after her 11th birthday. “Emma is taking it in her stride. She’s very good, very confident. She’s got the perfect accent and she takes