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Internal News - 10 May 2007

Doctorate student stages Oliver Twist

The curtain goes up tonight on a school production of Oliver Twist, brought to the stage by Paul Sheppard, a EdD student from the Department of Education.

Paul first volunteered at Beechen Cliff School to work with some of its special needs students and has gone on to rekindle the school’s theatre company, staging the Dickens classic over the next three nights.

Paul comes from Canada and has worked as a headteacher around the world, running theatre companies in Canada, the Dominican Republic and South Korea.

In the production he wanted to be true to Dickens’ novel in dealing with the darker issues of Victorian times. The audience can expect to step back in time with a horse-drawn carriage to take them to the school hall, transformed into an eighteenth century town, with hanging lanterns and newspapers from the time handed out during the production.

When the production ends on Saturday night, Paul will jet off to China to take up a new post as the director of three international schools in Suzhou. He will complete his studies on a part-time basis from China.

The first performance starts tonight at 7pm and runs until Saturday. Tickets are available on the door or by calling the school on 01225 480466.