PUBLISHED: 11:18 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:18 11 April 2018 Mariah Feria Keziah Joseph as Mowgli and the company in The Jungle Book. Photo: Manuel Harlan Manuel Harlan We have seen many adaptations of Rudyard Kipling’s famous children’s books over the years, but this new production of The Jungle Book shows just how powerful the tales’ message is in the modern age. Keziah Joseph as Mowgli in The Jungle Book. Photo: Manuel Harlan Jessica Swale’s take on the story using the classic characters we know and love – as well as a few new additions – ties together themes of belonging, identity and prejudice while still being an impactful family show. MORE: New production of the The Jungle Book set to open at Norwich Theatre RoyalWe are taken through the journey of young Mowgli and his quest to find out where and how he truly belongs in this jungle world. As villain Shere Khan tells us, ‘difference is scary’, yet the attempt to … [Read more...] about Review: The Jungle Book at Norwich Theatre Royal
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IN PICTURES: The Jungle Book, UK tour There's a whole lot of monkeying around on the stage at Newcastle's Theatre Royal this week. A jungle full of animal characters is magically brought to life as the audience is transported into a parable universe originally created by Rudyard Kipling.Just as children adored his collection of short stories more than a century ago, so a new generation of youngsters roared with laughter, particularly in the first half of this adaptation by Jessica Swale, when botty burps, belches and silliness ruled a playful jungle, It unashamedly exposed the big kid in all of us.After the break, the action became a little darker, more sinister and emotionally charged - more adult.Kipling's 1894 book has been given a contemporary feel, especially relevant to the younger members of the audience, and Joe Stilgoe's new score zipped along with some very catchy, humorous and dramatic tunes.But if you're going along to hear songs from the classic 1967 Disney movie, then … [Read more...] about REVIEW: The Jungle Book, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until March 31
It’s difficult to imagine why anyone would think it a good idea to come up with a new musical version of The Jungle Book. And yet, despite the precedent, despite all the obvious weight of expectation, writer Jessica Swale and composer Joe Stilgoe pull it off admirably with a show which is fresh, vibrant, witty, fun – and perhaps most important of all – original. There’s still a slight feeling that we aren’t in the presence of the finished product, but there is an awful lot right on the night, most notably in a genuinely-lovely performance from Keziah Joseph as Mowgli. This is a Jungle Book pitched very much as a show about identity, and Joseph, reluctant to give up her assumed wolf-cub identity, tugs at the heart-strings with a beautiful song about finding out just who exactly she is. Doubly interesting to have a female Mowgli. Joseph brings the story to life compellingly as the little boy adopted by the oddest of couples – Deborah Oyelade as … [Read more...] about REVIEW: The Jungle Book, Chichester Festival Theatre, until February 3.
0 Have your say There’s laugh-out-loud fun, super space adventure and fantastic fairy tale twists in a dazzling collection of new children’s books to brighten up the January gloom. Age 6 plus:The Chinese Emperor’s New Clothes by Ying Chang Compestine and David RobertsAward-winning author Ying Chang Compestine brings youngsters an enchanting twist on the much-loved classic tale of The Emperor’s New Clothes in this entertaining picture book with an Eastern flavour.Instead of the more familiar story of two sly tailors fooling a vain emperor into believing he is wearing magical clothes when in fact he is naked, Compestine turns the central motif on its head and delivers a clever, vibrant story with its roots in her childhood home in Communist China.Ming Da is only nine years old when he becomes the emperor of China and his three advisers take advantage of the young emperor by stealing his rice, gold, and precious stones. Ma Ding now has no money to clothe … [Read more...] about Book reviews: A cunning emperor, two madcap pranksters and a neon chameleon
0 Have your say Soaring, mind-boggling adventures in winter wonderlands take star billing in a truly fantastic collection of January books for young readers. Age 8 plus:Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone‘Once an adventure digs its claws in, there is not a lot you can do about it. Especially when magic is involved…’So begins an epic, snow-filled odyssey, a modern day classic from Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher, The Shadow Keeper and The Night Spinner, and one of the most exciting writers currently bewitching young readers.Already crowned Waterstones’ Children’s Book of the Month for January, Sky Song – a fabulous fantasy epic with shades of CS Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia – is a sweeping, soaring tale of courage, ingenuity and friendship set in an extraordinary world that has been exquisitely imagined and then brought to vivid, breathtaking life.Elphinstone famously travels the planet looking for her next story and for this … [Read more...] about Book reviews: Thrills, chills, queens and quests make magical winter reading