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The Jungle Book swings into town

The Jungle Book swings into town

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27 April 2018

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to this year’s Lower School Drama production of The Jungle Book.

Using a script adapted by Stuart Paterson, the latest KES theatre production promises to be a more faithful re-telling of Rudyard Kipling’s original jungle tale, compared to the more familiar Disney movie. Expect an exhilarating production, original music created by the team and cast, exotic puppetry, acrobatics and a fabulously vibrant and physical set!

And the story? It is a tale of danger and courage, of being an outsider, as well as friendship and loyalty. Mowgli, saved from the jaws of Shere Khan the tiger, must learn ‘The Laws of the Jungle’ from Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther, in order to survive.  As Mowgli faces each peril and pitfall he must decide whether he belongs in the world of men or with his friends in the animal kingdom.

In terms of setting, the KES theatre team have worked their magic once more, producing a modern interpretation which transports the story to the urban jungle of Mumbai during Holi, the festival of colours, think Slumdog Millionaire meets Tomb Raider!

In developing the concept, Mrs Stevens-Craig - Director of this year’s show – was inspired, in part, by a highly acrobatic circus production performed by the Metta Theatre at Bristol Old Vic. As a result, actors, musicians, parkour runners and acrobats alike were encouraged to audition for the school show.  In doing so, “we were literally overwhelmed with talent,” says Mrs Stevens-Craig.  Reflecting the athleticism of the cast, Ms Long and Mr Sellick, from the Drama team, have created a set which enables physicality, with rope swings, multiple levels and scaffold towers all featured in the staging.

Rudyard Kipling’s own childhood has further inspired the KES production.  As Mrs Craig-Stevens notes, “I wanted to keep the magic and colour of the Disney version but also the acrobatic and urban ideas I’d had. Rudyard Kipling grew up in India but was sent to boarding school in England, which he hated. The jungle of his stories reflects his happy memories of India and his sense of it being his true home despite the fact he was always an outsider there. Hence our production has been inspired by Asia; the cities of India, the temples of Angkor Wat and the Holi festival of colours. This has led to a colourful and lively, and uniquely KES interpretation of an urban jungle!”

The KES production of The Jungle Book is a play with music. The clever, talented cast, with the support of Drama intern Toby Farmer and former KES Sixth Former, Cerys Lewis, under the supervision of Miss Perris from the Music department, have taken some of Rudyard Kipling’s original poetry and transformed them into songs, raps and musical interludes. The show includes acrobatic, naughty monkeys; capoeira and stick fighting and some beautiful dance moments.

All in all, the KES production of The Jungle Book promises to be a colourful cocktail of intense drama and comical moments, entertaining, fast moving and lots of fun! 

Tickets for the show are now on sale.  To book tickets contact the KES Box Office. 

Box Office details 

22nd, 23rd and 24th May 2018
The Wroughton Theatre
Performances to start from 7pm

To book your tickets, please contact the School Box Office on boxoffice@kesbath.com
All tickets must be collected and paid for within 48 hours of booking. Cheques should be made payable to 'King Edward's School'.

 

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