Syrian refugee children to perform Dickens’ Oliver Twist in Jordan

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File photo: Lionel Bart's musical "Oliver!" inspired by Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace. Courtesy of Brett Beiner

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Damascus, Syria – Syrian refugees in Jordan will be performing Dickens’ renowned novel Oliver Twist in a musical show, reports said on Monday. 

Supported by Jordanian children, Syrian refugees are expected to open the show in Amman on Sept. 1, according to The Guardian. 

The show comes as a part of a series of activities and workshops organized by a cultural center in the Jordanian capital, where thousands of Syrian refugees are based.

The center of al-Hashmi al-Shamali has brought more than 100 Syrian and Jordanian children together to perform Dickens’ literary masterpiece. 

“Oliver! is a great play to do because it’s about a kid fighting for his rights like me,” 13-year-old Fadi, who escaped war-torn Syria with his family and is to play the lead in the show, told The Guardian. 

Ibrahim, 14, who plays the role of the Artful Dodger, said: “It’s like life in Amman. I’m from the ghetto. Hashmi, where I live, is full of street kids, like in Oliver! Lots of people steal things in Amman.” 

Cameron Mackintosh, who controls most of the show’s stage rights, gave the production his full support.

“I couldn’t imagine a better way of administrating the story of Oliver Twist’s contemporary relevance than this exciting and imaginative production performed by refugees and children who have had an even harder start to life than Oliver himself,” Mackintosh said.

The production is the creation of British couple, Charlotte Eagar –a film producer and former journalist– and William Stirling –a scriptwriter. 

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi 

 

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