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30 October 2017  -  18 November 2017



Teatro Vivo in association with Dash Arts, as part of REVOLUTION17 present: Twistov

A theatrical adventure through the streets and back-alleys of Shoreditch.

Written by Michael Wagg & Directed by Sophie Austin

30th October – 18th November 2017

A young man, 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.  

Not suitable for under 12s.  

Twistov takes place on the streets, so wrap up warm and be ready for the weather.  

Twistov will be directed by Sophie Austin. Sophie specialises in large scale outdoor and site specific work and has worked for Rosa Productions, The Royal Court, the Young Vic, The Roundhouse and The Barbican. She is artistic director of Teatro Vivo and creative associate of Dash Arts.  

LISTINGS: Twistov Monday 30 October – Saturday18 November. Mondays – Saturday, 7.30pm Tickets £18.50 / £12 concessions / £15 Previews / £10 Tower Hamlets Residents, £5 students Ages 12+.  Booking Here.

35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA. Box Office: 020 7613 7498  

TWISTOV is made possible with the generous support of Cockayne – Grants for the Arts; London Community Foundation; Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation; Tower Hamlets Event Fund; Big Lottery Fund, Near Neighbours Funds; Unity Theatre Trust; Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust; ACE – Grants for the Arts.  

REVOLUTION17 – An explosion of live music, art, film performance and events throughout 2017

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Teatro Vivo

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Box Office: Tickets £18.50 / £12 concessions / £15 Previews / £10 Tower Hamlets Residents/ £5 students

Running time: 2 hours approx.