Look for some light hearted family fun to ease back into my working week after school holidays, I went to see The Jungle Book at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham.
Written by Jessica Swale with Music by Joe Stilgoe, this stage production is based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling and not the cartoons of Walt Disney.
With it’s Lion King-esque stage vibe, we knew we were in for a treat. Telling the story of Mowgli (Keziah Joseph), the man cub left to fend for himself in the jungle, he is ‘adopted’ by a pack of wolves – their leader being Akela (Tripti Tripuraneni). He must survive in the jungle despite being sought after by Shere Khan (Lloyd Gorman), the tiger who thinks he is king of the jungle.
Guided by his unusual guardians – sensible Bagheera (Deborah Oyelade) and bumbling Balloo (Dyfrig Morris) – Mowgli needs to learn who he really is whilst protecting his animal friends.
This fantastic, feel-good family show is packed full of uplifting songs, funky monkeys (they really were funky) and a moral tale. There were children in the audience whose faces lit up with delight at their favourite characters singing their songs, it was wonderful to see. There was a bit of audience participation which went down really well with everyone.
The set and costumes were simple but effective and almost all of the cast played multiple parts, but you couldn’t tell, it was seamless.
A lovely production that the whole family will enjoy, a classic story retold.