Where: Starts from Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA. Twistov takes place on the streets, so wrap up warm and be ready for the weather.
£: Tickets cost £18.50, £12 for concessions, £15 for previews, £10 for Tower Hamlets residents, and £5 for students. Suitable for ages 12+.
What is it?
Discover hidden bars and dark secrets, as Teatro Vivo’s Twistov takes audiences on a journey around the streets of Shoreditch, from Monday 30th October to Saturday 18th November.
A young migrant, Twistov, has gone missing in London. Inspired by Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and the experience of migrant communities currently living in UK cities, Twistov explores identity and home and who we become if both are taken away from us.
After exploring the arms trade in London squares, staging Shakespeare in supermarkets, Mother Courage in an old weapons factory and The Odyssey on the streets, tattoo parlours and pubs of Deptford, the acclaimed Teatro Vivo are staging their own brand of ‘theatre where you least expect it’ around the streets of Shoreditch as part of Dash Arts Revolution17 series.
Twistov will start at Rich Mix and be staged in Shoreditch, the heart of Dickens’ East End, where faint traces of the past remain visible. During the performance, Twistov will take the audience on a journey that asks us to see beyond the new buildings and trendy shops, to look down side streets and in doorways and meet another London. Here we will face our own sense of home and identity; what would we do and where would we run, if these were our stories?
After attending a talk by a disgraced lecturer, the audience will be taken in small groups on a man-hunt, a bird-watch, and a game of cat-and-mouse in search of the elusive Twistov. As they journey, the audience will experience stories from the hidden lives of east London’s migrant population.
Real life testimony has been woven with Dickens’ Oliver Twist to guide you through the capital’s underbelly, to places you won’t have seen before; discover hidden bars and dark secrets, tales of life’s absurdity and the realities and struggles faced by those who seek sanctuary on our shores.
More info: richmix.org.uk