by Chino Odimba

Age advice: 13+

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"Undoubtedly pertinent"

WhatsOnStage, Amongst The Reeds Review

"Moving work of unmistakable integrity"

The Guardian, Amongst The Reeds Review

His home is dust. His friends are few. His hands are as rough as the seas he has crossed.

Humanising the anonymous plight of our generation, we follow one refugee’s desperate journey, buffeted between borders and bad company.

In a radical adaptation of Dickens’ classic novel, Chino Odimba and Theatre Centre transform Oliver’s struggle for sanctuary into a modern tale framed by the global phenomenon fast defining the 21st century.

Twist is one boy’s search for home among the nameless millions they call ‘migrant’.

Teeming with Dickens’ audacious characters and invigorated by award-winning Chino Odimba’s fresh and magical writing, this retelling marks a bold collaboration for Theatre Centre, pioneers of new writing for young audiences.

Rising-star Chino Odimba has written for Clean Break and National Theatre and was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize. Theatre Centre’s first adaptation in over a decade, this reimagining of a Victorian masterpiece will challenge intolerance with urgency and compassion.

In a world where home is but a fragile thing and good fortune just a turn of fate, Twist is about having the temerity to ask for more.

Amongst The Reeds by Chino Odimba, ★★★★ - Broadway Baby

Layla’s Room by Theatre Centre ★★★★ - Reviews Hub

Twist will be touring schools and venues throughout September - November 2017.

If you're interested in Twist visiting your school please contact 

Rising-star Chino Odimba is currently under commission with the National Theatre.

She is a winner of the Channel 4 Playwright Scheme and has previously been shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award, The Bruntwood Prize and the Adrienne Benham Award.

Praise for Chino Odimba:

★★★★ – Joanne, Reviews Hub

"Undoubtedly pertinent"  Amongst The Reeds, WhatsOnStage

"Moving work of unmistakable integrity" – Amongst The Reeds, The Guardian

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Twist is the 2017 Brian Way Commission.

User comments (2)

  • Looks interesting I'll definitely check it out.

    Comment left by: Ash Sohoye - 10.03.2017 12:50

  • Interesting

    Comment left by: david thompson - 22.02.2017 11:28

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