Leeds Playhouse and Ramps on the Moon are presenting a bold new version of Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist.
The play has been adapted by award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery and is being directed by Leeds Playhouse’s Associate Director Amy Leach. Amy Leach is one of my favourite directors and always puts a fresh twist on the text so I’m excited to see this dynamic duo work together to create something really special.
Brooklyn Melvin will play Oliver, Nadeem Islam will play the Artful Dodger and Caroline Parker MBE plays Fagin. Many of the cast have worked with Ramps on the Moon previously, with hit shows such as Our Country’s Good, The Who’s Tommy and The Government Inspector all getting great reviews. The inspirational company gives all actors/actresses equal chance to perform, and truly shows that accessible theatre can create some of the most moving, powerful pieces out there.
Director Amy Leach said: “Oliver Twist is a vivid, dark and visceral story and I am really excited to explore how adding artistic layers of creative sign language, audio description and captioning can enhance the storytelling for all audience members. I can’t wait to get started with the amazing Oliver Twist company. I feel so lucky to get to create this production with such a wonderfully talented and versatile ensemble of D/deaf, disabled and non-disabled actors. I can’t wait to share Bryony’s very special adaptation with audiences around the country.”
The production plays in Leeds Playhouse’s Quarry Theatre from 28th February – 21st March 2020 ahead of a UK tour.