We’re pleased to announce that in spring 2020 we will be welcoming a new adaptation of Oliver Twist, as part of the Ramps on the Moon consortium.
The play, based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, will be brought to life with creative sign language, audio description and captioning – placing D/deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the heart of the project.
The production will join us at Nottingham Playhouse from the 16 to 20 April 2020, with tickets going on sale autumn 2019, so keep your eyes peeled!
It is being produced as part of Ramps on the Moon; a consortium of seven major UK theatres plus partner company Graeae (the UK’s leading disabled led theatre company). Each year, one of the organisations creates a new large-scale production which champions diversity both on and off stage.
As part of the group, we produced Our Country’s Good in March 2019, but 2020 is the turn of Leeds Playhouse.
Oliver Twist will be adapted by award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery and directed by Leeds Playhouse’s Associate Director Amy Leach, supported by Graeae’s Artistic Director Jenny Sealey.
Director Amy Leach, said: “I was excited to think about stories that felt highly theatrical and sensory – that would lend themselves to thrilling and bold visual and aural storytelling….. Oliver Twist will give an integrated ensemble cast of D/deaf, disabled and non-disabled actors the opportunity to play a brilliantly varied range of characters and showcase a wide range of talents.”
Adapter Bryony Lavery, added: “The first Ramps on the Moon workshop… has set me upon the road to rediscovering the text for this exciting, and daunting, writing task. I’m totally thrilled to be working with Leeds Playhouse and Ramps on the Moon on this unique project.”
The production plays in Leeds Playhouse’s Quarry theatre from 28 February – 21 March 2020 ahead of a UK tour, which includes Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Theatre Royal Stratford East.
The project is supported by public funding through the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring programme – the largest award of its kind.
Full cast and creative team to be announced.