Nautanki Theatre Company invited us to the Australian premiere of internationally-acclaimed playwright Craig Higginson's adaptation of The Jungle Book. The play took us on a mesmerising and superb journey, featuring shadow puppets, stunning music, and mild acrobats.
The play, directed by Joyraj Bhattacharjee, was a true cross-cultural collaboration based on Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book, which enchanted families for generations, whilst asking the question 'who is your true family?'. The play is powerful, magical and a thrilling version of the much-loved classic.
The plot follows Mowgli, a feral child raised in the Indian jungle by a family of wolves since birth. His friends, the no-nonsense panther Bagheera and the free-spirited bear Baloo, convince him to leave the only place he has known to be home to escape the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan. Mowgli meets an array of jungle animals and along the way, the young boy learns valuable lessons, as his epic journey of self-discovery leads to fun and adventure.
The play was without doubt a piece of intense theatre, with flawless performances by the cast: Dilroop Khangura, Neel Banerjee, Douglas Spafford, Salvin Kumar, Jesse Secomb, Sanjeev Raja, Daniel Aguiar, Clare Mason, Chira Fernando Jr, Steven Menteith, Warren Thompson, Matt Neto, Keila Terencio and Khanh Trieu.
It is certainly a must-see play!
Tickets can be purchased online or at the Box Office.