THE debut performance of a new drama group in Rutland was a great success and raised £1,134.83 for a charity.
A performance of a short version of Oliver Twist, performed by the newly formed Greetham Independent Theatre Society, sold around 200 tickets in just one week, and involved youngsters and adults from the village, many of whom had never acted before.
The one-night only show on February 25 was scripted and directed by Oakham resident Julie France. It marked the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens birth.
The funds raised were in aid of Greetham Community Centre, where it was rehearsed and performed. The cast was led by local businessman Roly Easson as Fagin, Greetham hairdresser Pippa Craddock as Nancy and young singer Eleanor Bland as Oliver Twist.
Tom De’Vries, just 11 years old and acting for the first time, proved to be an excellent Artful Dodger.
The village children stole the show entertaining the capacity audience as Fagin’s gang.