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The Jungle Book - Lane Cove Theatre Company

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Enter the magical jungle world with kids

'Look for the BARE necessities, forget about your worries and your strife'

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The Jungle Book by Lane Cove Theatre Company


The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling's fascinating tale about a child brought up by animals in the jungle, has entertained children and adults alike for over a century. The Jungle Book has been adapted for the screen and stage multiple times and Lane Cove Theatre Company has done a fantastic job of the same with their enthusiastic youth cast.

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Jeremy and Jocelyn as Akela and Raksha the wolves; Images by Dawn Pugh


The cosy theatre space comes to life with kids chanting jungle law and the wolf pack headed by Akela and Raksha finding a man cub and pledging to take care of the 'it' like their own. The man cub is in danger of being the prey of tiger Shere Khan, so Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther teach Mowgli the jungle ways.

With a cast over 20 children (all 18 years and under); the youth cast delights the audience in many ways with their songs, dance and humour.

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Charlotte Pugh as Mowgli in Lane Cove Theatre's Jungle book; Images by Dawn Pugh


Charlotte Pugh, the confident little Mowgli, was very impressive with her stage presence and dialogue delivery. The little pocket rocket that she is, she captivated the audience and stage time and again. She was often accompanied by Rod Stewart as Baloo and Madeleine as Bagheera on stage. Rod was perfectly cast as the loving old bear who doted on Mowgli and Madeleine was rather convincing as the athletic panther.

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Daniel Timmins as Kaa the python; Images by Dawn Pugh


Daniel Timmins who played Kaa the snake, brought a rather comical angle to the play that was very entertaining to watch. He has perfected the python smile and I thought his acting was effortless which is a great trait to have for a budding actor.

Holly Boswell (Shere Khan) has a beautiful voice and a great stage presence. She embodied Shere Khan's demeanour perfectly well. Jeremy Lowrencev, who played the leader of the wolf pack Akela, was unmissable, not just because of his height but also the fatherly instinct he showed towards Mowgli.

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Mowgli and the monkeys; Images by Dawn Pugh


I was very impressed by the 3 actors who played the monkeys Luna, Tak and Baan. No only was their makeup and outfit fitting, their monkey pranks were also hilarious. In one of the songs, they even displayed their tap dancing talent to the audience. Well done kids!

There is such a passion for art and theatre amongst the youth community today. It was a great pleasure to watch them play their part, give strong performances and enjoy their time on stage at the same time.

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The Jungle Book cast; Images by Dawn Pugh


The Lane Cove Theatre Company has a history spanning over 20 years with many productions to their name including the more recent Away and The Last Five Years in 2016.

This season of The Jungle Book starts on 18th Nov and has shows Fri-Sun till the 3rd of December 2016. This one is sure to entertain, kids, families and adults alike.
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Where: The Performance Space @ St Aidanís, 1 Christina Street, Longueville
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Sounds great that's is is entirely a cast of kids. It really inspired them to continue on with it as a career. It also highlights how talented young people can be.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12098) 751 days ago
One of my favourite stories!
by Elaine (score: 3|5708) 752 days ago
I would love to see this!
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1368) 752 days ago
So true Bryony. I think a number of these kids will turn out to be very fine actors
by Priyanka (score: 2|423) 747 days ago
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