Fagin’s Twist

Running time

1 hour 45 mins including 20 minute interval

Numbers on the road

8 performers
2 Technical (Sound & Production)
1 Artistic Director

Photo Credit

Eric Richmond




Spring 2018 onwards


Touring shows can be accompanied by Masterclasses for professional dancers or Creative Residencies with options to be integrated into the show. Tony Adigun and the creative team can also host Post-show and pre-show talks




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Fagin’s Twist is an ambitious dance show, based on the story of Oliver Twist. This is a full evening dance work suitable for families with a popular, classic text at its core.

The narrative tells the story of Fagin and Bill Sykes’ childhood, imagining how it may have resembled Oliver’s. They are corrupted by greed, and worn down by poverty. When the audience meets Oliver – a vulnerable child – it seems impossible that he will be able to break out of this cycle, and indeed in Avant Garde Dance’s version there is no fairy tale ending. Oliver is heir to Fagin and Bill’s criminal enterprise, and it is ambiguous whether Oliver is more victim or victor.

The show illuminates character and story through dynamic, textured duets and group choreography. The style is influenced by hip hop but it has a distinctive contemporary edge.



Director / Choreographer: Tony Adigun
Assistant Director: Lisa Hood
Dramaturg: Adam Peck
Text: Maxwell Golden
Designer: Yann Seabra
Lighting: Jackie Shemesh
Specially commissioned music: Seymour Milton, Benji Bower
Dancers: Jemima Brown, Josh Smith, Dani Walters-Harris, Aaron Nuttall, Sia Gbmoi, Sasha Shadid, Chloe Jones and Ellis
Producers: The Place


Fagin’s Twist is commissioned by Theatre Bristol, East London Dance, Pavilion Dance South West, Dance East and The Place. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


★★★★ 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…”