Agnes Fleming becomes pregnant by the feckless Edwin Leeford and is forced to flee to the workhouse. There she gives birth and dies, telling no one her name. The child is christened by the parish beadle. His name is Oliver.
This drama is the story of the chain of events which lead to Oliver Twist's anonymous birth in the Parish Workhouse. Filled with dark comedy, astonishing vivacity and soaring imagination, writer Alan Bleasdale takes on the might of Charles Dickens.