Fagin’s Twist is the untold story of a notorious and complex villain. It imagines Fagin’s youth, driven by greed and ambition in the face of overwhelming poverty. The streets are a place of little comfort and fairy-tale endings are hard to find in this poignant coming-of-age dance theatre.

See Dickens’ Oliver Twist in a new light as Tony Adigun’s Avant Garde Dance flips your expectations of five familiar characters, with their unmatched hip hop contemporary style.

Age suitability: 8 years+

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes including interval

Images by Eric Richmond and The Other Richard


Director/ Choreographer: Tony Adigun
Co-Producers: The Place
Dramaturg: Adam Peck
Text: Maxwell Golden
Designer: Yann Seabra
Lighting: Jackie Shemesh
Music: Asymbiose; Ólafur Arnalds; Benji Bower; The Haxan Cloak; Corben Dallas; Fraser Freeze; Brian Hargreaves; Seymour Milton; Jay North; Valgeir Sigurðsson; Tismé; Mika Vainio

Cast: Stefano Addae; Sia Gbamoi; Arran Green; Aaron Nuttall; Ellis Saul; Sasha Shahid; Emma- Louise Stansall
Rehearsal Director: Julie Ann Minaai
Production Manager & Re-Lighter: Ashley Bolitho
Technical Stage Manager: Huw Williams

Fagin’s Twist is commissioned by Theatre Bristol, East London Dance, Pavilion Dance South West, DanceEast and The Place, and co-produced by The Place. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Supported by ResCen Research Centre, Middlesex University.


★★★★ THE TIMES, Debra Craine
“Fagin’s Twist, is a daring, dynamic and hugely enjoyable rethink of a much loved Victorian tale.”

★★★★ THE STAGE, Rachel Elderkin
“High energy, precision crafted choreography creates a dark twist on a classic tale”

★★★ FINANCIAL TIMES, Louise Levene
“He has a knack for making a small ensemble seem three times the size, flooding the stage with movement.”

★★★★ EVENING STANDARD, Lyndsey Winship
“…a confident piece of dance-theatre…”


2018 Tour::

The Place, London Theatre Royal Winchester Lighthouse, Poole Barbican Theatre, Plymouth Back to Ours Festival, Hull Northern Stage, Newcastle Storyhouse, Chester LEAP Dance Festival, Liverpool

2017 Tour::

The Place, London Queens Theatre, Hornchurch Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton Quarterhouse, Folkestone Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury The Point, Eastleigh DanceEast, Ipswich Circomedia, Bristol

2016: Premiere: