Oliver Twist auditions

Brett Payne.
Brett Payne.

Sheffield Theatres is holding auditions on Saturday for youngsters to appear in the Crucible Christmas musical, Oliver!

They are looking for two boys with a playing age of 11 to share the lead role of Oliver Twist, and two boys with a playing age of 14-15 to play cheeky Cockney pickpocket, the Artful Dodger. Boys and girls aged from seven to 14 are needed for a variety of parts as members of the ensemble.

Open auditions will be held on Saturday between 10am to 6pm in the Rehearsal Room at the Lyceum Theatre. It will be a group session where all participants will be taught a song and asked to sing individually, as well as dance. The audition panel will consist of director Daniel Evans, choreographer Alistair David and musical director Jonathan Gill. Successful auditionees will be called back for a second audition on Sunday, June 9, where they will work on an extract of the script and a song.

Children must live within an hour’s drive of Sheffield and must be available throughout the entire rehearsal starting on October 21 for the production which runs from November 29 to January 5.

Anyone interested in auditioning should download a registration form from sheffieldtheatres.co.uk and return the form to oliverauditions@sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.

1Sheffield silversmith Brett Payne (pictured) is the winner of the first Shaker Maker award at the inaugural Makers design exhibition in Manchester.

Top international interior designer Mark Gillette was one of the judges of the competition and in his commendation said: “The candlesticks he exhibited were usable, transportable and exemplified Britishness.” His fellow judge, Sarah Walters, MEN arts correspondent, added: “Brett used a really inventive twist on the dinner table staple candlestick…beautiful balance.”

Brett Payne is a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and a Fellow of The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths, and from his workshop at Persistence Works he exhibitsy nationally and internationally.

His designs cover candlesticks, cutlery, spoons, cookware, jewellery and bespoke items for commission. The silverware he produces is individually hot forged, by hand, in sterling silver.

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Also an actor and creative writer he writes jokes for a number of comedians, including The John Bishop Show and Wallace & Grommit.

His barbed wit and daring approach keeps his audiences on their toes as he challenges them while keeping them on his side.

Supporting will loveable rising start Scott Bennett. supposedly Tewkesbury’s only stand-up, Jon Wagstaffe and amusing ranter Marshall Anderson. The cheery Will Duggan comperes.