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The cast of "Oliver" performing at "Fringe in the Park", August 1996

Realistic was created almost by accident in May, 1993 by Jonathan Rhodes, Mitch Jemkins and Charlie Frank.  They brought a performance of "The Railway Children" to that years Edinburgh Festival Fringe from London. Auditions were held so taht local children could perform in it, and the first production took place on Friday 16th August, 1993.  They were persuaded by the parents of the cast to return the following year. Raising finances through events and donations (including from their own pockets) "Children of the Clearances" was performed in 1994 to critical acclaim.  The Artistic Team, along with the parents, decided to put matters on a permanent footing by seeking Chartitable status for the company.  This was granted in 1995.  the first production under the new board and committee was "The Drummer Boy", a show specially written to commemorate the 250th annivarsary of the Jacobite Uprising by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745.  This show saw the company going on the road for the first time, to Culloden in April 1996.  Once again, the company had a hit on it's hands.  Realistic was now beginning to develope a large chorus base and so "Oliver!" appeared in 1996. This produced the biggest audience figures Realistic had ever seen ans so it's reputation was enhanced.  Last year "Barrie", an opera about the man who wrote "Peter Pan", was our choice. While not as successful as "Oliver!", the audiences enjoyed the show.  Realistic will again be performing "The Railway Children" at this year's Festival Fringe.  Even though it may seem we have come full circle with another production of "The Railway Children", like a train's wheels, we will be traveling on into the future with many new and wonderful productions, workshops, and outreach programmes.

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