Destination: Mudfog

AGES: 5 TO 12
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Oliver Twist

MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2021

9:00 AM TO 4:30 PM

Originally published as part of a serial, Charles Dickens released this epic story in scheduled parts for a year. As a result, each chapter contains something scintillating. Across the day, we will touch on a couple of the most memorable chapters, one in the morning, and one after our tummies are full with lunch...hopefully no watery gruel involved. 

We will make Oliver Twist’s iconic wooden gruel bowl, painted with each student’s favourite scene from the book to accompany a quote either inside the bowl or hidden on its bottom. In addition to this we will also work to craft a small leather wallet in homage to a more honest way of pick-pocketing. It will be lovingly hand stitched by its creator in the hopes of collecting more coins than poor Oliver was ever able to find. 

The book...

After running away from the workhouse and pompous beadle Mr Bumble, Oliver finds himself lured into a den of thieves peopled by vivid and memorable characters - the Artful Dodger, vicious burglar Bill Sikes, his dog Bull's Eye, and prostitute Nancy, all watched over by cunning master-thief Fagin. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery.