Last chance to see The Jungle in the West End

The Jungle Photo Credit: Marc Brenner

The Jungle Photo Credit: Marc Brenner

Audiences have just three weeks left to see the critically acclaimed production of The Jungle by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson at the Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End. Directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, the production has received widespread critical acclaim and won the South Bank Sky Arts Award in the 2018 Theatre category. Set in Europe’s largest unofficial refugee camp, the Calais Jungle, which in 2015, became a temporary home for more than 10,000 people, the play transferred to the West End from the Young Vic where the traditional proscenium Playhouse theatre underwent a remarkable transformation. Housing Miriam Buether’s set design, audiences are invited to sit at the benches and tables of the Afghan café in the Calais camp or in the Dress Circle.

The company is made up of actors from around the world, cast are from Iran, Sudan, Afghanistan, Eritrea, England, Zimbabwe, Syria, Armenia, Congo, Wales, Scotland, The Gambia, Morocco, Lebanon and Germany.

This is the place where people suffered and dreamed.  Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of the Jungle – just across the Channel, right on our doorstep. The Jungle tells stories of loss, fear, community and hope, of the Calais camp’s creation – and of its eventual destruction. Join the residents over freshly baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café, and experience the intense, moving and uplifting encounters between refugees from many different countries and the volunteers who arrived from the UK.

Official charity partner, Help Refugees, which was established alongside the Good Chance Theatre in the Calais Jungle in 2015, and is now the leading UK NGO in a new movement of International humanitarian aid, has been supported by the production, with fundraising efforts taking place at the venue throughout the entire run.

Alongside The Jungle, Sounds of Refuge, the debut world music album from cast members John FalsettoMohamed Sarrar and Ammar Haj Ahmad which fuses Zimbabwean, Sudanese and Syrian music, spoken word and poetry, is now available to buy online and at the Playhouse Theatre.  Composed and performed with traditional African instruments – the mbira, darbuka and djembe -the three musicians, who met through Good Chance’s work, together with special guest Duncan Webb on piano and keys, recorded their debut album at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios in summer 2018.

Sonia Friedman Productions and Tom Kirdahy, Hunter Arnold present A National Theatre and Young Vic Co-Production with Good Chance Theatre.