This school holidays take the family along to something different. Think outside the box and watch as Charles Dicken’s classic story of Oliver Twist comes to life on stage. Fall in love with the strong local cast of talented artists who bring personality and charm to the timeless characters and songs in this production of Lionel Bart’s brilliant musical, Oliver! 

This outstanding family-friendly event is brought to you by established local theatre company Queanbeyan Players (who recently brought the sold-out show Hello Dolly to TheQ) and is showing from 27 September – Sunday 6 October at The Q Queanbeyan Oliver!: A Queanbeyan Players Production.

Set in the mid-1800s, Oliver! is based on Charles Dicken’s novel Oliver Twist. In the musical written by Lionel Bart, there is a wonderful mix of humour and liveliness and the darkness of the original story. This production is being produced with families in mind. A strong cast of children and adults take us to the workhouse, on to Fagin’s den and into the better areas of London.

Oliver starts off in the workhouse and is then sold on by Mr Bumble (Christopher Bennie) to the local undertakers after causing trouble. Young Oliver is being played by Willum Hollier-Smith who meets his new companion the Artful Dodger (Joss Kent). Dodger, in turn, introduces Oliver to Fagin (Anthony Swadling) and the rest of the gang. Old hands from the London streets are Nancy (Emily Pogson) and her sidekick Bet (Alyssa Anderson) who with the gang, show Oliver all about living in London. Nancy is in a relationship with the most feared man of the area – Bill Sykes (Michael Jordan), another of Fagin’s prodigies, but Nancy is willing to stand up to him to look after little Oliver.

Oliver’s journey continues and is looking positive to finding a new home until Bill Sykes catches up with him and brings him back to Fagin’s. This production is on at The Q during the school holidays with ideal opportunities for all ages to listen to some great music, watch some lively dancing and see a classic story.

Not only is the show great value for money, Queanbeyan Players are supporting two important charities through ticket sales. Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT and Raw Potential Youth will be receiving donations based on tickets sales to set shows. 


Photography by Michael Moore


Oliver is showing at The Q from Friday 27 September – Sunday 6 October.

Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes inclusive of 20 minute interval.