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Unexpected Twist

Tue 2 May - Sun 7 May

Michael Rosen's Unexpected Twist

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Unexpected Twist is the re-telling of the Charles Dickens classic, Oliver Twist, by one of the best-loved figures in the children’s book world, Michael Rosen. Combining two stories in one; Rosen’s story and the Dickens classic that inspired it. Two stories that twist together, unexpectedly!

Shona and her class are studying the book, Oliver Twist. She’s the new girl in school and is finding it hard to stay out of trouble – much like Oliver himself! When she’s given a new phone by a stranger, she begins to suspect there’s something unusual about the new boys she’s met.

Michael Rosen is the English children’s novelist, poet, and the author of 140 books. He served as Children’s Laureate from June 2007 to June 2009. He has been a TV presenter and a political columnist, and his books include Carrying the Elephant: A Memoir of Love and Loss and Uncle Billy Being Silly.

This thrilling production is brought to vivid life by The Children’s Theatre Partnership, whose shows have included Animal Farm, Holes and The Jungle Book. Directed by James Dacre (2020 Olivier Award nominated Our Lady of Kibeho), Rosen’s novel is adapted for the stage by BAFTA award winning playwright Roy Williams with original music by rising R&B star Yaya Bey and BAC Beatbox Academy’s Conrad Murray.

‘musical mash-up of Dickens and beatbox is the perfect combo’ – ★★★★ – Whats On Stage

Unexpected Twist

An Oliver Twisted Tale

by Roy Williams 

Music by Yaya Bey Music by Conrad Murray 

Directed by James Dacre

Designed by Frankie Bradshaw



“It’s one that will leave you asking, “Please Sir, can I have some more.”

Manchester Theatres

“A vibrant, engaging production, performed by an exceptionally talented cast full of energy and humour.”

Opening Night

“I thought this was a superb show that was thoroughly enjoyed by all generations of my family.”

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