The British actress has passed away at the age of 90. She appeared in A Parish Boy's Progress, a 2008 Oliver Twist adaptation shot in Keighley with a cast of people with learning disabilities. She also appeared in the 1985 BBC version of The Pickwick Papers.
As many of you regular readers know, I generally don't allow politics at this blog. And I'm not going to start making a habit of allowing it now. But just this once I'm going to make an exception to the rule, and post a link to this piece from The Conversation. I'm doing it because the article makes a strong case -- I think a convincing case -- that there's a parallel between the current political situation and the political situation that moved Dickens to take a stand, and it makes that case articulately and well.
Feel free to comment on the article here if you wish, but make sure to keep the conversation civil and to discuss ideas, not bash people. Rudeness will get your comment automatically deleted. I have always said, and I mean it, that all are welcome here, no matter their viewpoint, as long as they behave themselves. I'm trusting you all to do just that.
Olivia Twist is an innovative reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale Oliver Twist, in which Olivia was forced to live as a boy for her own safety until she was rescued from the streets. Now eighteen, Olivia finds herself at a crossroads: revealed secrets threaten to destroy the “proper” life she has built for herself, while newfound feelings for an arrogant young man she shouldn’t like could derail her carefully laid plans for the future. (Amazon)
After reading Olivia Twist, Lorie Langdon's fun and exciting new version of Oliver Twist, I was able to ask her a few questions about what went into the writing of the novel, and about what's ahead for it!
Gina: You mentioned in your acknowledgments being very influenced by the musical Oliver!, and I caught references to it here and there. What do you love most about it? What did you find most inspiring about it?
Lorie: What I love most about Oliver! the musical are the characters. Oliver, Dodger, Fagin, Mr. Brownlow, Nancy, and even Bill Sikes stayed with me long after seeing the movie for the first time. I created my own sort of fan fiction to continue their adventures because I could not let them go.
I believe what I find most inspiring is that despite the horrific obstacles each of them faces, they all have hope for a better future. Even if it’s misguided hope, like Fagin and Nancy.