The British Council in collaboration with Komola Collective has embarked upon a project to explore this celebrated English novel set in the context of present-day Bangladesh
The British Council Cultural Centre,in partnership with Komola Collective, is staging, Aleya Twist, supported by English and Digital for Girls’ Education (EDGE)Clubs of Tangail & BRAC. The play, a rendition of Oliver Twist, will be held at the Experimental Theatre Hall at Shilpakala Academy today at 7pm.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens is hailed as the first English novel that examined society’s mistreatment of its orphans and underprivileged children.The British Council in collaboration with Komola Collective has embarked upon a project to explore this celebrated English novel set in the context of present-day Bangladesh.
The characters of this retelling emerge in a setting nearly two hundred years after and many thousands of miles away from the original story. However, the differences in time and place have not eased the harsh reality that the original Oliver had to face.
This project is adapted by Leesa Gazi and will be directed by Filiz Ozcan.Both of them are the Joint Artistic Directors of Komola Collective. The entire cast and crew have been recruited from local theatre groups and the young actors are recruited through EDGE clubs in Tangail. The whole team rehearsed in Madhupur, Tangai, where they staged their first show.
The three-week project will end with three theatre shows including multiple shows in Dhaka.
Aleya Twist to be staged at Shipakala