JALI

Oliver Twist

JALI Wed 16 – Sat 19 Feb 7.30pm | Sun 20 Feb, 5.30pm Studio Underground $39
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'Full of life, warmth, and vitality… This is why we came back to the theatre.'

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

‘A natural performer with innate comic timing and enormous charm.’

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE

Jali: noun: a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet, or musician.

Oliver Twist: a charismatic comedian and performer refusing to be defined by his turbulent past.

In this one-person show that is as delicately told as it is captivating, Oliver uses his exceptional storytelling abilities to reflect on his time as a refugee and to unpack what his life looks like now.

After fleeing the Rwandan civil war at the age of four, Oliver spent his childhood in Malawi, first in a refugee camp, and later in the city where his mother and father started a small convenience store. After acceptance into the Australian government’s refugee intake, the family arrived in Ipswich in 2014 to begin a new life.

Using personal anecdotes, drama and humour as a powerful antidote to trauma JALI is a vibrant and emotional journey that patiently proves there is light at the end of the tunnel. 

JALI has been nominated for Best Independent Production at the Sydney Theatre Awards for 2021, with Oliver Twist also nominated for Best Newcomer.

Director
Oliver Twist 
Production Manager
Leila Maraun 
Lighting & Set Designer
Morgan Moroney 
Stage Manager
Khym Scott 

Oliver Twist

Rwandan-born Aussie Oliver Twist is a comic, playwright and actor who makes his own opportunities after a childhood watching his parents do the same. 

After fleeing the Rwandan civil war at the age of four, Oliver spent his childhood in Malawi, first in a refugee camp, and later in the city where his mother and father started a small convenience store. After acceptance into the Australian government’s refugee intake, the family arrived in Ipswich in 2014 to begin a new life. 

Then 18, Oliver already knew he was funny, and now he was in a country where comedy clubs and open mic sessions allowed him to prove it. He started taking the stage in Queensland, becoming a regular at the Sit Down Comedy Club in Brisbane and Based Comedy on the Gold Coast. 

In 2017 he entered the RAW Comedy competition, and made it to the national finals in Melbourne. That was the year he decided to make the move to Sydney, and to begin telling stories in a new way. Within a week of his arrival he had written the one-man play JALI (meaning historian or storyteller), telling the tale of his family’s journey. 

As a comic, Oliver has been chosen as support for the likes of Kevin Hart, Wil Anderson, Tiffany Haddish and Becky Lucas. He’s a regular at the Sydney Comedy Store and has performed on the Sydney Comedy Festival Gala and on the festival’s roadshow. Most recently, Oliver had a sell-out series of his new show, Griot, at Darwin Festival. 

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Time & Location

16 – 20 Feb

Wed 16 – Sat 19 Feb 7.30pm | Sun 20 Feb, 5.30pm Studio Underground, 178 William Street, Northbridge / Yandilup

Duration

60mins

Pricing
    • Adult: $39
    • Concession: $37
    • Friend: $35
    • Student: $25

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Accessibility
  • Audio described performance Fri 18 Feb 7.30pm
  • Tactile tour available before the show on Fri 18 Feb (starts 6.30pm)
Notes

Contains haze and smoke effects and references to violence
Recommended for ages 15+

Connect Events

Post Show Q&A Thu 17 Feb

Stay in your seats after the performance to hear from the creator in a Q&A session.

Touring WA

JALI is heading to Albany, Bunbury & Karratha!

Albany Entertainment Centre
2 Toll Place, Albany WA 6330
Thu 3 Mar 2022
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Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
2 Blair Street, Bunbury WA 6230
Tue 8 & Wed 9 Mar 2022
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Red Earth Arts Precinct
27 Welcome Road, Karratha WA 6714
Thu 17 Mar 2022
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