Red Earth come home to Belper to tell the tale of Oliver Twist

Thomas Simper (left) and Joey Parsad in Red Earth's production of The Remarkable Tale of Oliver Twist, which comes to Belper next week

Thomas Simper (left) and Joey Parsad in Red Earth's production of The Remarkable Tale of Oliver Twist, which comes to Belper next week

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A Belper theatre company is performing in its home town for the first time next week.

Red Earth are a special group that focus on bringing theatre to all, particularly children and young people who are deaf or hard of hearing, both as performers and audience members.

They have performed all around the UK but this will be their first performance in their home town.

The group will be performing The Remarkable Tale of are presenting Oliver Twist, a timeless adventure and a mesmerising story of childhood.

Everyone has heard of the small boy who dares to ask for more, but do you know the original story of Oliver Twist?

Charles Dickens may have written Oliver Twist in the 1830s but the themes he addressed in the novel still strike a chord with modern audiences.

Austerity, street gangs, domestic violence and anti­semitism, it all sounds eerily familiar.

Packed full of surprises for a modern audience, Red Earth’s adaptation of this literary masterpiece recreates a colourful cast of larger than life characters on stage.

Presented in the style of Victorian music hall, with speciality acts and variety entertainments, Red Earth’s production brings Oliver’s story vividly to life for children and grown-ups.

Seized by Fagin, saved by Brownlow, snatched back by Fagin and once again retrieved, this boy’s tale of suspense and dark deeds is told with high spirits and great good humour.

Belper audiences will particularly appreciate this connection with the past since town’ very own Community Hospital began life as a parish workhouse.

The performance, which is BSL/CAP integrated, is at Belper School Theatre on Wednesday, February 10 at 7.30pm.

Tickets priced £8.50 (£5 NUS) are available from the Oxfam book shop in Kings Street, or by emailing mjones572@hotmail.co.uk