Narrator:(Χριστοπούλου) This is the story of Oliver Twist, a boy who was born in a workhouse – a house for very poor people. His mother was very ill when she came to the workhouse, she gave birth to a beautiful baby and then died. Oliver lived in an orphanage until he was nine years old and then was taken to a workhouse. People there were given very little food, so they were always hungry and unhappy. When Oliver dared to ask for a second bowl of porridge……

Oliver : (Αργυρίου ) Please sir, I want some more, I’m so hungry.

Master : (Μπέης) What??!! What??!!

Oliver : (Αργυρίου ) Please sir, I want some more, I’m so hungry.

Master: (Μπέης) Mr Bumble, please come here!

Narrator:(Χριστοπούλου) Mr Bumble who was an important officer in the town rushed in.

Mr Bumble:(Συρίγου) What’s this nonsense?

Master: (Μπέης) This young boy asked for more porridge.

Mr Bumble:(Συρίγου) What? Did I hear correctly? Come with me immediately!

Narrator:(Χριστοπούλου) He took poor Oliver to the directors’ office who decided that …

Everybody: This boy must leave the workhouse immediately!!

Narrator:( Χριστοπούλου) Mr Bumble decided to ask his friend Mr Sowerberry, whose job was to make coffins, if he needed a boy.

Mr Bumble:( Συρίγου) Do you need a boy to work in your shop? We’ll give you 5  pounds if you take him.

Mr Sowerberry: (Σιμοπούλου) Hmm, yes I need a boy and I need the 5 pounds. I’ll take him.

Narrator:( Χριστοπούλου) Mr Bumble took Oliver to Mr Sowerberry’s shop.

Mr Bumble: (Συρίγου) Good evening. Here’s the boy Mr Sowerberry.

Mr Sowerberry: (Σιμοπούλου) Mrs Sowerberry come here please. Come and see the new boy.

Mrs Sowerberry: (Ζαργάνη) Oh, dear. He’s so small and thin.

Mr Bumble: (Συρίγου) Yes, he’s small but children grow you know.

Mrs Sowerberry: (Ζαργάνη) Children grow if you give them food to eat. This boy is going to cost us a lot of money; he looks hungry. Well, the dog isn’t here  tonight so you can eat his food. There are some pieces of cold meat.

Narrator:( Χριστοπούλου) Oliver ate quickly and happily.

Mrs Sowerberry: (Ζαργάνη) Now, come with me. I’ll take you to your bed. It’s in the shop. You can sleep there with the coffins. Good night!

Narrator:( Χριστοπούλου) The next morning Oliver woke up and heard a loud noise outside the shop. Someone was kicking the door. It was Noah Claypole.

Noah: (Σιμοπούλου) Open this door!! Are you the new boy?

Oliver: (Αργυρίου ) Yes, sir.

Noah: (Σιμοπούλου) How old are you?

Oliver: (Αργυρίου ) I’m ten, sir.

Noah: (Σιμοπούλου) Well, I’m Noah Claypole! You work under me, is that clear? Now open the windows immediately!

Narrator 🙁 Χριστοπούλου) Noah didn’t like Oliver and was often mean to him. One day he started asking questions about Oliver’s mother.

Noah: (Σιμοπούλου) So, where were you born?

Oliver: (Αργυρίου ) At a workhouse, sir.

Noah: (Σιμοπούλου) And what’s your mother’s name?

Oliver: (Αργυρίου ) I don’t know, sir.

Noah: (Σιμοπούλου) Then your mother must have been some kind of criminal, who was hiding from the police!

Oliver: (Αργυρίου ) Don’t say those things about my mother!

Noah: (Σιμοπούλου) I’ll say whatever I want. Your mother was a  murderer who escaped from prison and hid in a workhouse ….

Oliver: (Αργυρίου ) Stop! Stop!

Narrator:( Μπέης) Oliver was furious and started hitting Noah hard. Mrs Sowerberry heard  the two boys fighting and ran to separate them.

Noah: (Σιμοπούλου) Help! Someone help me! He’s killing me!

Mrs Sowerberry: (Ζαργάνη) What’s going on in here? Oliver, stop, right now!

Narrator:(Μπέης) Mrs Sowerberry started hitting Oliver and locked him in a small, dark room.

Mrs Sowerberry: (Ζαργάνη) Listen Noah, go and call Mr Bumble quickly!

Noah: (Σιμοπούλου) Yes, ma’am, Mrs Sowerberry. (crying)

Narrator:(Μπέης) Noah ran out of the shop and went to look for Mr Bumble.

Noah: (Σιμοπούλου) Mr Bumble, sir, something terrible has just happened! Oliver wanted to kill me and Mrs Sowerberry. Please come with me and help us!

Mr Bumble: (Συρίγου) What? Come on boy, let’s go!

Narrator:(Μπέης) When they got to the shop Mr Bumble cried:

Mr Bumble: (Συρίγου) Oliver!

Oliver: (Αργυρίου ) Open the door! I want to get out of this dark room!

Mr Bumble:( Συρίγου) Do you know this voice Oliver?

Oliver: (Αργυρίου ) Yes, Mr Bumble, I do.

Mr Bumble:( Συρίγου) Aren’t you afraid, Oliver?

Oliver: (Αργυρίου ) No, I’m not.

Mr Bumble: (Συρίγου) What?! You’re not afraid?

Mrs Sowerberry:( Ζαργάνη) He’s mad!

Mr Bumble:( Συρίγου) No, he’s not mad, it’s the meat!

Mrs Sowerberry: (Ζαργάνη) What do you mean?

Mr Bumble:( Συρίγου) You gave him too much meat to eat Mrs Sowerberry. Meat makes  them strong. At the workhouse we always give them porridge, and this never happens.

Mrs Sowerberry: (Ζαργάνη) Oh, dear, I was too kind with that boy!

Narrator:(Μπέης) When Mr Sowerberry came home that evening, Mrs Sowerberry told him everything that had happened. He went to the dark room and hit  Oliver too, but he forgot to lock the door. Early, the next morning, Oliver saw that the door wasn’t locked and decided to run away. He didn’t know where to go, so he just walked and walked. When he got tired he sat near a milestone to rest. The milestone said: London 70 miles.

Oliver: (Αργυρίου ) London! What a big city! Mr Bumble certainly can’t find me in a big city like London! Some old men at the workhouse said that a young boy can easily find work there. I’ve never seen a big city! That’s where I’ll go!