“Now these are the Laws of the Jungle – as old and as true as the sky….”
A man cub (Will Thomas) is found near the Waingangā River, by the Seeonee Wolf Pack – should they keep him?
‘The Jungle Book’, one of literature’s most enduring classics, is brought vividly to the stage in this exciting adventure of Mowgli, the Indian boy raised by caring wolves (Sam Buston & Nicola Kinnane/Caitlyn Hughes), befriended by Baghera, the panther (David Heder), and Baloo the bear (Josh Harris), and hunted by Shere Khan the tiger (Caelan Steedman).
Flory’s script also tackles the inner life of Mowgli as he learns that he is not a wolf, and tries to reconcile his relationships with mankind, and the Jungle. This script sticks tightly to Kipling’s storylines, and has, for this production, been embellished by the originals, to form a fully developed image of a boy in two worlds.
“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”
Director, Sarah Christiner, after much success with ‘Lord of the Flies’ at Harbour Theatre in 2016, has looped many of her cast members to create this Jungle tale, including first time co-director Connor Carlyle. Since her debut directorial effort, ‘Flowers for Algernon’ (Harbour, 2015), Christiner is flattered to feel she’s assembling a troupe of her own, with award winning sound designer Evan Skinner (AKA Zany Flash), and Circuit Lighting Designs’ proprietor Aaron Smith, glad to again be part of this creative team!
“To each his own fear.”
This production of ‘The Jungle Book’ relies strongly on physical theatre, from a young ensemble, and will incorporate puppetry, poetry, and animation, creating an eclectic style of theatre true to itself. Audience members should expect something quite unique, but scrupulously faithful to Kipling’s work.
“Good hunting, all who keep the Jungle Law!”
The Jungle Book plays at 7:30pm on October 20, 21, 25, 28, 30 and November 1, 3, and 4, with 2pm performances on Sundays, October 22 and 29.
Tickets are $20 and $15 concession and group (10 or more) bookings.
The box office opens half an hour prior to curtain if seats are still available.
The heritage-listed Camelot Theatre is located at 16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park.