Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens' classic story about children struggling and surviving against the odds got an up-to-date, affecting re-imagining from MCS Theatre Academy. Brought to life by a cast of thirty young people led by Anusha A, Timmy L and Tom K, featuring striking set pieces designed by Simon Wells and soaring music, Children of the Night was one of the most impressive academy productions yet.
Royal Shakespeare Company Associate Artist Joanne Pearce and Rose Noble worked with students from Magdalen College School for more than six months on this innovative production that took the heart and soul from Dickens' tale and placed it in the modern world - a world where over 150 million children globally still live on the streets and fight for survival. The cast was joined by a creative team of 18 industry professionals including musical director Adam Gerber, fight director Malcolm Ranson and movement director Chi-San Howard.
The play weaved 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.
MCS Theatre Academy teamed up with Oxford Homeless Pathways, who provide a range of services for homeless and recently homeless people across Oxford, bucket collections were taken up at the end of every performance raising over £955 for the charity.