About the showAfter a sold-out run at the Young Vic in 2017, Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson’s critically-acclaimed production of The Jungle transfers to the Playhouse Theatre for a strictly limited West End season. The pertinent play transforms the configuration of the London venue, reducing the capacity and allowing for the immersive nature of the show.
Presented in collaboration with the writers’ Good Chance Theatre, which was originally formed in the Calais camp, the play invites audiences to sit alongside them in the Afghan café and share the experiences of the refugees in the camp. With freshly baked naan and sweet chai, emotive stories and encounters are shared between the camp’s residents and volunteers who arrive from the UK.
The Jungle is an exploration of identity, community and nationality that focuses on the creation and destruction of the well-known Calais refugee camp. A place where people have dreamed and suffered, the drama follows the hopeful, resilient residents whose stories of loss and fear drive them forward.
Most of the original cast transfer with the production, with casting including Tiran Aakel, Ammar Haj Ahmad, Mohammad Amiri, Girum Bekele, Gerard, Carey, Alexander Devrient, Elham Ehsas, Trevor Fox, Moein Ghobsheh, Cherno Jagne, Ansu Kabia, Kiki Kendrick, Alex Lawther, Jo McInnes, Freddie Meredith, Sara Mokonen, Yasin Moradi, Jonathan Nyati, John Pfumojena, Rachel Redford, Dominic Rowan, Rachid Sabitri, Mohamed Sarrar, Eric Sirakian, Ben Turner and Nahel Tzegai.
The production is created by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, Artistic Directors of Good Chance Theatre. Stephen Daldry (An Inspector Calls) and Justin Martin direct, with further creative team featuring set designer Miriam Buether, costume designer Catherine Kodicek, lighting designer Jon Clark and sound designer Paul Arditti, with compositions by John Pfumojena.
An acclaimed production that transfers to the West End for a strictly limited season, The Jungle is an educating insight into one of the largest refugee camps in Europe. Playing at London’s Playhouse Theatre, the production runs from July 5th to November 3rd 2018, with previews beginning June 16th 2018.
Who Should See It?Those who enjoy new plays and missed the chance to see this sold-out production at the Young Vic now have the chance to see this pertinent, political commentary.
The Jungle may not be suitable for young children.