Talent and enthusiasm
FOR theatre fans and literature lovers of all ages, there can hardly be a better youth play than Olivia. A female retelling of Oliver, featuring Fagin, Eliza Doolittle, Sherlock Holmes and references to many other classics such as Sweeney Todd and Little Dorrit, the strong, witty script shone. As did the confident Emma Stott in the title role, making Olivia headstrong while also being charming. With her, it was easy to see why all of the other characters came to love her so. Equally good was the superb double-act of Fagin (Steve Hamer) and Dodger (Carly Stott). They owned the stage in every appearance, with Carly in particular giving a skilled rendition of the Criminal’s Song, writer Malcolm Sircom’s delightful Gilbert and Sullivan take-off. The only slight downside was that at times, the accomplished band drowned out some of the singers. With an incredible sense of fun, Olivia is the perfect choice for GizGiz’s enthusiastic cast, that simply goes from strength to strength.