Children of the Night

This year’s MCS Theatre Academy Production Children of the Night will run from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th July at the Oxford Playhouse as part of the Oxford Festival of the Arts. 

Children of the Night is a story about the forgotten, the neglected and the damned. A contemporary re-imagining of Dickens’ haunting novel Oliver Twist, it centres on young lives that are lived in the shadows subject to exploitation and violent crime. Today over 150 million children around the globe live on the street. 

The play weaves in and out of the lives of Duck, JD, Angel, the Rif Rafs and the Scuttlers as they strive to survive in a cold world encountering unfathomable dangers, evil and sometimes, in the most unexpected situations, love, hope and friendship. 

Following acclaimed productions of Aeneid, Lord of the Flies, Idylls of the King, Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows, MCS Theatre Academy performs a play devised by Joanne Pearce (RSC Associate Artist) and Rose Noble. 

Performance will take place from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th July in the Oxford Playhouse. The show will commence at 19:00 with the Saturday performance at 16:00. Tickets can only be bought through the Oxford Playhouse: in person at the box office, by ringing 01865 305305 or via the Oxford Playhouse website. Full tickets cost £18 (£14 for concessions and £55 for a family ticket).

Local charity Oxford Homeless Pathways (OxHoP) will partner the production, with the show aiming to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness, especially in Oxford. MCS is running a clothing drive and collecting for OxHoP at the end of every performance.