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Les Mis Cast Focus: Miles (The Bishop of Digne; Monsieur Thenardier)

Les Mis Cast Focus: Miles (The Bishop of Digne; Monsieur Thenardier)

  • Name: Miles Poller
  • Year group: Year 13
  • Roles: The Bishop of Digne; Monsieur Thenardier; Convict 1

Deputy Head Boy Miles is going out with a bang in a variety of roles in the upcoming Dramatic Society production of Les Misérables.

This will be the final time Miles takes the stage for such an event before he heads off for the next stage of his journey this summer, and he has been a proud ambassador of everything Rydal Penrhos stands for since enrolling as a Year 7 pupil in 2012.

He has played a leading role in Annie the Musical, To Kill a Mockingbird and RPS Showstoppers to further reflect his ability in the Performing Arts, and his musical prowess has been more than evident at the plethora of different concerts put on by the school throughout the academic year.

Whether it be with a guitar or saxophone, Miles comes to life when performing in front of a crowd, and this was especially evident during a passionate speech the Sixth Former delivered during Rydal Penrhos’ annual Open Morning in October.

Miles also has two National Schools’ Hockey Championships to his name, has been one of the leading lights of the school’s Speech and Drama provision and has provided support and guidance to younger members of the Rydal Penrhos community in his role as a Peer Mentor and Prefect.

The actual Bishop of Digne during the time period in which Myriel's appearance in the novel is set was Bienvenu de Miollis (1753–1843).

In both the novel as well as the film and musical adaptions of it, the Bishop is a heroic figure who personifies compassion and mercy.

The Thenardier’s are ordinary working-class people who blame society for their sufferings.

Early in the novel, they own an inn and cheat their customers. After they lose the inn in bankruptcy, they change their name to "Jondrette" and live by begging and petty thievery.

The novel portrays them as brutal and abusive figures; some adaptations transform them into buffoonish characters, though sometimes still criminals, to provide comic relief from the generally more serious tone of the story.

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