STERTS 2018 Season

Director Mark Sidey

Originally from Plymouth, Mark was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre before training at Guildford School of Acting on the three year Musical Theatre course and further short courses at the Actors Space Barcelona and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Mark was assistant director on the Hot Rock and the Lost Domain at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, before directing a range of productions including The Clink, The Secret Garden, Little Me, Les Miserables schools edition, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Much Ado About Nothing, Godspell, Jekyll & Hyde, Into The Woods and, for STERTS, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, My Fair Lady and the 2017 One Act Play winner Variations at a Bar. He has worked as a Tour Co-ordinator for Impact Theatre Company in Yorkshire, a member of the education team at Longleat Safari Park, Italia Conti, the Theatre Royal Plymouth and taught drama in Northern Italy. He devised a number of his own musical revues for the charities; Stroke association and Cardiac Risk in the Young and directed a gala concert for Help the Heroes, with the Military Wives Choir at Plymouth Guildhall. As a Musical Director he has worked for Plymouth University Musical Theatre Group and No Walls Theatre Company on Sweeney Todd, Urinetown and Into the Woods. Mark is a co-founder of the recently formed Sterts Youth Theatre Company and is delighted to have become Festival Director for the Sterts Summer Season 2018.

Musical Director Jane Warwick

Jane has worked as Musical Director for a number of local companies since 2001- highlights being Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll and Hyde, Little Shop of Horrors, Into the Woods, Godspell and The Baker’s Wife.
Working at Sterts Theatre Company over the last ten years Jane has been MD for Wizard of Oz, The Threepenny Opera, Oklahoma, Forbidden Planet, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!, Children of Eden, Guys & Doll, Brother Jacques, Cornish Phoenix, Sound of Music, Les Miserables (school edition), Sweeney Todd and most recently Some Enchanted Evening. Last year she was excited to return to one of her favourite shows this, Jesus Christ Superstar. Jane also directs ‘Sterts Singers’ a 50 strong choir that perform in a variety of venues in East Cornwall. This has led to collaborative work with Co Opera Co, Bath Male Voice Choir, Duchy Opera and Roche Brass Band.

Currently MD for the Plymouth Gilbert & Sullivan Fellowship, Jane’s shows have included (Pirates of Penzance, My Fair Lady, The Gondoliers, Yeoman of the Guard, Carmen, Iolanthe and Chess! 

Choreographer Maryam Pourian

Maryam trained at Central School of Ballet in London, and is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance and International Dance Teachers Association. Maryam’s performance work includes Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at Saddlers Wells & World Tour, Nutcracker London season and UK Tour and Joel Schumacher’s Phantom of the Opera the Movie. She has danced for numerous opera companies including Giardini della Storia at Batingano Opera Festival, Italy, Nixon, La Belle Helene and Carmen with English National Opera at the London Coliseum, Bluebeard at Bregenz Opera Festival, Austria, La Boheme at The Royal Albert Hall, One Touch of Venus with Opera North and Clean Sweep with Attick Dance.

Her wealth of teaching experience includes Plymouth Dance, the Barbican Theatre, Italia Conti Associates, Dartington College of Arts and the Royal Ballet School. She has choreographed for community events, schools, colleges and festivals and she is currently the Classical Ballet Teacher for the South West’s Centre of Advanced Training – weekly enhancement classes and intensives as well as lecturing at Plymouth University.

All the information you need on audition times, characters, songs and script

Audition Workshop @ STERTS STUDIO
As part of the audition process for Oliver, the director and musical director will be holding a production workshop on Wednesday 24th January from 7-9pm. At the workshop you will hear the director and musical director’s vision and will have an opportunity to sing through the audition material. Participation in the workshop is optional and will have no bearing on decisions made at the auditions.

Adult Auditions (for Children and Teenager Auditions on 3rd February go HERE)

Adult Ensemble auditions will be held at Sterts Studio on Sunday 4th February from 10am -12pm

Principle Adult auditions will be held at Sterts Studio on Sunday 4th February from 1-5pm

Click on name to see audition material and you'll find the audition schedule at the bottom of this page

Fagin - A conniving career criminal. Fagin takes in homeless children and trains them to pick pockets for him. He is also a buyer of other people’s stolen goods. He rarely commits crimes himself, preferring to employ others to commit them. Darkly comedic.

Nancy- A young prostitute and one of Fagin’s former child pickpockets. Nancy is also Bill Sikes’s lover. Her love for Sikes and her sense of moral decency come into conflict when Sikes abuses Oliver. 

Mr Brownlow - A well-off, erudite gentleman who serves as Oliver’s first benefactor. He is a compassionate, kind man. Non singing role. 

Bill Sykes - A brutal professional burglar brought up in Fagin’s gang. Sykes is Nancy's pimp and lover, and he treats both her and his dog Bull’s-eye with an odd combination of cruelty and grudging affection. He is a dangerous, volatile man.

Mr Bumble  -  The pompous, self-important beadle—a minor church official—for the workhouse where Oliver is born. Though Mr. Bumble preaches Christian morality, he behaves without compassion toward the paupers under his care. He is self-righteous, greedy, hypocritical man.

Old Sal An elderly pauper who serves as the nurse at Oliver’s birth. Old Sally steals Agnes’s gold locket, the only clue to Oliver’s identity. Non singing role 

Mrs Corney- The matron of the workhouse where Oliver is born. Mrs. Corney is hypocritical, callous, and materialistic. After she marries Mr. Bumble, she hounds him mercilessly. 

Mrs Bedwin- Mr. Brownlow’s kindhearted housekeeper. Mrs. Bedwin is unwilling to believe Mr. Bumble’s negative report of Oliver’s character.

Mr Sowerberry -  The undertaker to whom Oliver is apprenticed. Sowerberry makes a grotesque living arranging cut-rate burials for paupers, he is a ghoulish man.

Mrs Sowerberry - Sowerberry’s wife. Mrs. Sowerberry is a mean, judgmental woman who henpecks her husband. 

Dr Grimwig- Brownlow’s pessimistic, curmudgeonly friend. Mr. Grimwig is essentially good-hearted, and his pessimism is mostly just a provocative character quirk. Non singing role






Old Sally



Consider Yourself-

First time through

Who Will Buy-

Roses, Strawberry, Knives solos

Text (non singing role)

Act 2 Scene 4

Page 83-84 ‘Who’s that...Oliver’

Mr and Mrs Sowerberry


That’s Your Funeral-

Start of song through to ‘the body beautiful, that’s your funeral, not our funeral. That’s your funeral.’

Act One Sc 3 Page 20

Ah, I dare say he will...boy-What’s your name?’

Mr Brownlow, Dr Grimwig

Mrs Bedwin



Text (Non singing roles)

Where Is Love?-

Beginning of reprise down to ‘Where is she?

Act 2 Sc 2

Page 70

Doctor, do you notice the most extraordinary....back in ten minutes’

Mr Bumble


Widow Corney


Boy For Sale-

Whole Song

I Shall Scream-

If I pinch you one pinch down to end of chorus

Act One Sc 2

Page 14-15 ‘Yes you’re quite right Mrs Corney...Mr Bumble, I shall scream!’



Reviewing the Situation-First verse and Chorus

Pick a Pocket or Two-

First two verses

Act One Sc 6 Page 43

Well, they’re very good ones, very...is my handkerchief protruding from my pocket’

Act One Sc 6 Page 45-46

I’m a real miser...Did you see any of the pretty things my dear?’

Act 2 Sc 3

Page 75-76 ‘Stand off o’ me or I’ll split your head...Well if you have , it’s your living’



As Long as He Needs Me-

First verse down to ‘the hell I’ve got my pride as long as he needs me’

Fine Life-

If you don’t mind having to like or lump it through to end

Act 2 Sc 3

Page 75-76 ‘Stand off o’ me or I’ll split your head...Well if you have , it’s your living’

Act 1 Sc 6

Page 50-51 ‘Who’s he Fagin...I’ll go last.’

Bill Sykes


My Name-

Strong men tremble down to ‘he can start to say his prayers’

Act 2 Sc 3

Page 75-76 ‘Stand off o’ me or I’ll split your head...Well if you have , it’s your living’