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Oliver Twist: At Home – Freesheet

A Leeds Playhouse Production in association with Ramps on the Moon. Sponsored by Access Partner Irwin Mitchell solicitors.

OLIVER TWIST: AT HOME – FREESHEET

A new play by Bryony Lavery. Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens. Directed by Amy Leach.

25 OCT – 20 NOV

Artistic Director of Leeds Playhouse James Brining said:

“We are delighted to be able to bring back, this time digitally, our bold, brutal and beautiful new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel Oliver Twist, created in association with Ramps on the Moon. It proved an immediate hit with audiences and critics alike when we first staged the production in our Quarry Theatre in early 2020 but, sadly, its run was halted by the first lockdown. Now it’s back and we’re thrilled to be able to share this landmark production with you again – streamed via Playhouse: At Home. Oliver Twist is the Playhouse’s latest collaboration with Ramps on the Moon, a consortium of leading theatres committed to putting D/deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of theatre creation. We were determined that both the theatrical and filmed versions of Oliver Twist should feature integrated creative sign language, audio description and captioning throughout. It’s no mean feat and it’s been amazing to watch Leeds Playhouse Director Amy Leach, Playwright Bryony Lavery and Theatre Designer Hayley Grindle adapting this dark novel to make it accessible for all, both in the theatre and, now, at home. We’re especially grateful to our decade-long Access Partner Irwin Mitchell for their support, which helps us to continually strive to expand the accessibility and inclusivity of our output in this way. We’re always pleased to see you in our theatres but, for a change, we’re coming to you. We also know, for some people, coming into our buildings is not an option and we don’t want anyone to miss out. So, gather your family, get settled on the sofa and join Oliver, Dodger, Fagin and the gang on this exciting digital adventure.”

Director Amy Leach said:
“When we first staged Oliver Twist at the beginning of 2020, we were overwhelmed by the response to this pioneering production and heartbroken that it had to be paused. I’m delighted that we’re now able to share this epic boundary-pushing show with audiences digitally, to showcase the creative possibilities of work which places access and inclusion at the very heart of the theatre-making process.”

Ramps on the Moon is a consortium of major theatre companies committed to putting Deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work; to accelerate positive change, explore opportunities and stimulate awareness of disability issues within arts and culture. The project is supported by public funding through the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring programme – the largest award of its kind. The consortium venues are New Wolsey Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

CAST
Bill Sikes
Stephen Collins

Swifty & Mrs Thingummy
Amy Conachan

Nancy
Clare-Louise English

Rose & Agnes
Katie Erich

Mrs Mann & Luna
Rebekah Hill

Artful Dodger
Nadeem Islam

Fingers & Charlotte
Georgia Jackson

Oliver
Brooklyn Melvin

Fagin & Old Sally
Caroline Parker

Charley & Noah Claypole
Mitesh Soni

Mr Sowerberrby, Fang and Bullseye
Dan Willis

Mr Bumble & Trumpet
Benjamin Wilson

Mr Brownlow
Christopher Wright

CREATIVE TEAM
Writer
Bryony Lavery

Director
Amy Leach

Set & Costume Designer
Hayley Grindle

Lighting Designer
Joe Fletcher

Sound Designer
John Biddle

Composer
Oliver Vibrans

Projection Designer
Akhila Krishnan

Puppet Designer & Director
Rachael Canning

Associate Director
Adam Bassett
Hannah Quigley

Fight Director
Kenan Ali

Associate Lighting Designer
Will Evans

BSL Consultant
Daryl Jackson

Audio Description Consultant
Benjamin Wilson

Audio Description Consultant
Chloë Clarke

Casting Director
Kay Magson CDG

Creative Enabler
Kirsty Pennycook

Producer
Wesley Bennett-Pearce

STAGE MANAGEMENT

Company Stage Manager
Steve Cressy

Stage Manager
Michelle Booth

Deputy Stage Manager
Amber Chapell

Assistant Stage Managers
Lizzie Laycock
Lizzi Adams

BSL Interpreters
Vicci Ackroyd
Faye Alvi
Alexia Blohm-Pain
Sarah Cox
Emma Dawber
Max Gartery
Lauren Lister
Julie Thompson

PRODUCTION TEAM
Production Manager
Lewis Moore

Wardrobe Supervisor
Kirsty Blades

Wardrobe
Julie Ashworth
Rachel Hodgson
Rachel O’Driscoll

Hair, Wigs & Make Up
Helen Casey
Carrie Clark

Wardrobe Dressers
Charlotte Hare
Eleanor Bosley
Abigail Flack

Hairdresser
Katy Griffiths

Sound
Tom Cuthbertson
Will Midgley
Rob Landells

Lighting
David Bennion-Pedley
Paul Lovett
Chloe Anne James
Joe Izzard
George Bryant
Keiran Meadowcroft

Video Programmer
Stanley Orwin-Fraser

Stage
Chris Harrison
Felix Beresford
Tom Spencer
James Chambers
Nidge Solly

Props
Craig Patullo
Jimmy Thurston

Set Construction & Scenic Art
Leeds Playhouse Scenic Workshops

WITH THANKS TO

Photography
Anthony Robling

Producer for 104 Films
Justin Edgar

Post production Producer
Philip Arkinstall

Lead Camera Operator
Graham Allsopp

Camera Operator
Dan Wharton

Editor
Joe Grayston

Assistant Editors
Josh Grayson
Nathan Kelsey
Archie Condley

Associate Editor
Kaylee Haycock

The creation of a theatre production involves a huge amount of skilled people. Thank you to all the artists, freelance theatre workers and Leeds Playhouse staff who have brought this production to life, especially those involved with creating the original production in 2020 including Nicole Joseph, Steph Lacey, Jack Lord, Craig Painting, Dave Phillips and Jenny Sealey.

You can download a PDF version Oliver Twist: At Home freesheet here.

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Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital and Families Partner
Caddick Developments
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors