WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
WHILE Playlovers aims to return to its former venue at Hackett Hall in Floreat, the community theatre company will continue to present its 2017 season with a production of The Jungle Book at Camelot Theatre in Mosman Park.
Based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling, Monica Flory’s play will bring the adventure of Mowgli to the stage, following the Indian boy raised by wolves, befriended by panther Bagheera and bear Baloo while hunted by tiger Shere Khan.
Sarah Christiner will direct the production with co-director Connor Carlyle that features a young ensemble working with physical theatre, puppetry, poetry and animation.
Christiner said they were creating an eclectic style of theatre true to itself.
“Audience members should expect something quite unique but scrupulously faithful to Kipling’s work,” she said.
Edgewater actor Jamie Buttery is starring as Mowgli.
Despite only acting for almost two years, the Year 8 Belridge Secondary College student was previously nominated for Best Youth Actor at last year’s Finley Awards for his role in Lord of the Flies.
Buttery said he was inspired to Mowgli because he wanted to “try something much harder but lots of fun too”.
Also taking to the stage is Year 6 Greenwood Primary School student Kate Phillips, who is playing a monkey and Warwick actor Connor Carlyle who has the role of Shere Kha’s friend and spy Tabaqui as well as taking on the job of assistant director.
The Jungle Book is at heritage-listed Camelot Theatre, Lochee Street, Mosman Park, from October 20 to November 4. Tickets at www.playlovers.org.au.
Warwick actor Connor Carlyle as Tabaqui.