A new contemporary dance show based on the Charles Dickens’ classic, Oliver Twist, is heading to stages in Chester and Liverpool this Autumn.

Tony Adigun’s Fagin’s Twist is the untold story of a notorious and complex villain. It’s a tale you think you know, until it unravels and explodes.

Performed through a contemporary hip hop style, the show is presented by Avant Garde Dance and The Place. The show is suitable for audiences aged eight upwards.

Fagin’s Twist can be seen at Storyhouse in Chester on Friday 2 November and Saturday 3 November, performances are at 7.30pm each evening.

The show will also be performed at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool on Monday 12 November as part of Leap Dance Festival 2018. The show starts at 8pm. Leap Dance Festival 2018 takes place in Liverpool between Friday 2 November and Monday 12 November. Leap coincides with the 25th anniversary of Merseyside Dance Initiative, who program the festival and is one of the UK’s leading strategic dance agencies.

The show imagines Fagin’s youth, driven by greed and ambition in the face of overwhelming poverty. The streets are a place of little comfort, and fairytale endings are hard to find in this poignant coming-of-age tale.

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

Tony Adigun is an internationally recognised artist who has recently choreographed for Cirque du Soleil, Paloma Faith, and Sky One television programme, Got To Dance.

Avant Garde Dance is also celebrating success this year – as the company enters Arts Council England’s National Portfolio for dance.

Fagin’s Twist is commissioned by Theatre Bristol, East London Dance, Pavilion Dance South West, Dance East and The Place, and co-produced by The Place. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Tony Adigun is a Work Place artist.

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Friday 2 November – Saturday 3 November 2018


Hunter Street, Chester, CH1 2AR

Friday 2 November 2018 at 7.30pm

Saturday 3 November 2018 at 7.30pm

Running time approximately 1 hour 45 minutes (including interval)

Suitable for 8 years+

Tickets: From £18 (each ticket is subject to a £1.50 booking fee) / £14 for under 16s

Dynamic Pricing: Book early to guarantee cheapest and best seats

Website:         www.storyhouse.com

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Twitter:           @StoryhouseLive


Online:            Visit www.storyhouse.com

By Phone:       Call 01244 409 113

In person:       Visit the Ticket Kiosks at Storyhouse, Hunter Street, Chester, CH1 2AR



Monday 12 November 2018


Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DZ

Running time approximately 1 hour 45 minutes (including interval)

Suitable for 8 years+

Tickets: £14 / £12 concessions

Tickets can be purchased via TicketQuarter on www.ticketquarter.co.uk/Online/leap-2018

For full information on the festival please visit www.leap2018.co.uk

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