The Jungle Book
From: Wednesday, 23rd November 2005
To: Saturday, 7 January 2006
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One of literature's most enduring classics is brought vividly to the stage in this exciting adventure of Mowgli who is raised by caring wolves, befriended by Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear, and threatened by Shere Khan, the sinister tiger. In this action packed play, filled with excitement and humour, The Jungle Book highlights the struggle of good versus evil, the worth of friendship and the importance of loyalty and other values required for surviving the 'law of the jungle'.
30 November 2005
It’s extraordinary to think that Rudyard Kipling, the archetypal Englishman, writer of If the country’s most popular poem, felt in fact like an outsider all his life, from his public schooldays on. And this, if the reader cares to look for it, comes over in all his work, including The Jungle Book.
From the moment the jungle bursts into the audience on Gary McCann’s versatile multi-levelled set, the story of Mowgli the man-cub and his friends and enemies in the jungle and amongst humankind cones vividly and dangerously to life. Director Andy Brereton and Janie Armour, composer and musical director, do real justice to Neil Duffield’s fluent honing down of this epic tale. Duffield homes in on Mowgli’s struggles to fit in – never quite at home or accepted among the jungle creatures or in the villages of men.
Six actor/musicians double in roles that would be substantial to take on singly. They succeed in making the stage teem with life – bo...
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