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Teatro Vivo in association with Dash Arts
Until Saturday 18 November
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member
In a nutshell
A theatrical adventure through the streets and back-alleys of Shoreditch.
A young man called 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 attending a talk by a distinguished 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.
The performances of 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. Over the performance, Twistov will take the audience on a journey that asks them 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?
What to Expect
The performances of Twistov will start at Rich Mix , but then audiences will be taken in different directions to witness the hunt for Twistov, before arriving at a secret final location. It all takes place outside so wrap up warm and dress for the weather. In Teatro Vivo’s plays audiences are invited to interact, but never forced to do so – you can stand back and watch, or get involved as little and as much as you like.
Teatro Vivo have explored the Arms Trade in London squares, staged Shakespeare in supermarkets, Mother Courage in an old weapons factory and The Odyssey on the streets, tattoo parlours and pubs of Deptford, using their own brand of “theatre where you least expect it”.
Dash Arts creates artistic experiences that change the way we see the world. Founded in 2005 by Artistic Directors, Josephine Burton and Tim Supple, Dash Arts has rapidly emerged as a unique international creative force, producing new theatre, dance, music and art events in collaboration with exceptional artists from abroad.
TWISTOV was 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.
What people are saying
'Almost anywhere is a possible stage for this most creative of theatre groups' The Guardian (on After The Tempest)
'A Curious Treasure Hunt of an Evening' The Telegraph (on The Odyssey)
'Quite simply the best theatre experience I have ever had. I cannot overstate how moved I was by everyone and everything. Absolute pure genius on every one’s part.' Audience Member
Why does Rich Mix matter?
'Arts are vital to all communities and Rich Mix gives voice to their local area, connecting artists and communities to make a special kind of magic.'
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Things you should know
Suitable for ages 12+
This tour is outside. Wrap up warm and be prepared for the weather. There is some uneven ground, but let us know any access issues and we’ll get you on the appropriate audience route.
No latecomers permitted after 7.45pm
Tower Hamlets residents offer: Log in, enter your postcode and you'll get a discount on your ticket
This event is wheelchair accessible.