AS no stranger to amateur theatre, having appeared in a few productions in my younger days, there’s no better work in which to express your versatility than Dickens’ Oliver Twist.

And the acting enthusiasts of Studio Theatre’s youth theatre gave it a good shot on their opening night on Monday.

Telling the classic tale of the lonely orphan, who escapes to London and meets the Artful Dodger and Fagin, along with their gang of pickpockets was Stanley Morris as the narrator.

He stamped his authority on the part from the beginning, perfectly setting the tone for the entrance of Mr Bumble (Vincent Elvin).

Vincent suited the part and played him convincingly, proving to be a particular hit with the audience.

Fraser Adams played Fagin with conviction, pulling off his creepy accent terrifically.

There were a few teething glitches, but overall the performance was encouraging.

To book tickets for the show, which ends tonight, or to find out more about the theatre group, call 01722 342860.