Chip chip, old bean!

November 13, 2007 at 10:53 am | Posted in Actors, Children, Costumes, Dickens, Lanterns, Oliver Twist, Oliver!, Outfits, Parades, Urchins, Victorian times | Leave a comment

Oliver Twist is injured in an attempted burglary

You-know-who came home today cheerfully clutching his Victorian urchin costume, left-over from a previous year’s school production of Oliver Twist, and he promptly raided the ‘old hat’ basket to top off his outfit.
You will be hearing from him. Yes, he is in the Lantern Parade this Saturday. I think it involves processing to the top of Castle Hill behind the Mayor who turns on the town’s Christmas Lights. We shall see …

The waistcoat supplied today is the only one (so I am reliably ‘sold’) that has real pockets—all the others in the school stock have dummy hems. This ‘real pocket’ feature, naturally fits the bill, as y-k-w sneaks round the house pilfering coins to his heart’s delight, while singing this song with an impish smirk:

Now playing: Bruce Prochnik, Clive Revill & Fagin’s Gang – You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two
via FoxyTunes

Cruikshank illustrated Dicken’s novel; the burglary scene above is one of his famous images taken from Wikipedia, antiqued by me, and gives an idea of the costume.

Chip chip, old bean!


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