Tal­ent and en­thu­si­asm

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - ARTS AND STAGE -

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.

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