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The ragged life of children in Victorian London

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The harsh conditions for children in Victorian London were re-created when Terrington Hall School held its end of term 
production.

The Ragged Child, which was directed by deputy head teacher Stephen Mulryne, featured a 53-strong cast of Year Five to Year Eight pupils who portrayed the poverty and child deprivation of 1850s London where cholera was rife and stealing a way of life.

It was a world where there was little way out for the likes of Joe (Gabriel McGill) and Annie Cooper (Olivia Thew) but for the intervention of social-minded philanthropists such as Lord Shaftesbury (Alex 
Kobylka).

The play was adapted from the critically-acclaimed musical which was first staged by the National Youth Music Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1986.

Mr Mulryne said: “The children dealt with the material incredibly well.

“Their moving portrayal of the conditions reduced many in the audience to tears.”

Pictures: Above, some of the poor children of Victorian London, from left, Ellie Matthews, Rachel Lindenberg, Jasmine Tate, Olympia Storey and Claudia Hughes.

Right, Lord Shaftesbury (Alex Kobylka).

 

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