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end up reach­ing out to peo­ple that you wouldn’t maybe nor­mally reach out to... that can some­times cre­ate these in­cred­i­ble bonds.”

Di­rected by Alethea Jones and writ­ten by Julie Rudd, the film boasts a fe­male-led team that the ac­tresses said led to a unique on­set ex­pe­ri­ence.

Asel­ton de­scribed it as a “weird girls club”, while Everett said it felt like a “coven”. Reuters

Hawaii Five-O,

Mi­ami Vice LONDON: In­spired by Rud­yard Ki­pling’s fa­mous fa­bles, The Con­crete Jun­gle Book of­fers a gritty out­look on life where tigers and forests have been re­placed by home­less peo­ple and refugees strug­gling to sur­vive in an ur­ban jun­gle filled with drugs and knife crime.

The brain­child of Bri­tish writer-di­rec­tor Do­minic Garfield, who plays the cen­tral char­ac­ter Mowgli, the mu­si­cal opens to­day at Ed­in­burgh’s Fringe Fes­ti­val.

“The story of Mowgli, the feral boy try­ing to make his way in the jun­gle, we straight away saw a real re­sem­blance in young peo­ple try­ing to find their way on the streets when they are

AFP home­less and have dif­fi­cult hous­ing con­di­tions,” he said.

To re­search the show, the cast worked with Bri­tish home­less char­ity Cen­tre­point and talked to young home­less peo­ple, some of whom were refugees, about their jour­neys from places such as war-torn Su­dan, to Calais, to London’s streets.

In the play, Mowgli is a home­less young refugee wan­der­ing through di­lap­i­dated tower blocks, forced to con­tend with ad­ver­saries like King Louis and the mon­keys, who are por­trayed as a street gang.

The Con­crete Jun­gle also ad­dresses dark themes of drugs and vi­o­lence on the streets. Reuters


(From left) Brid­get Everett, Toni Col­lette, Katie Asel­ton and Molly Shannon.


Vin Diesel. (In­set) Don John­son (left) and Philip Michael Thomas in the TV se­ries.

The Mist


Mi­ami Vice,

Fast and


Do­minic Garfield

Lethal Weapon.

Mi­ami Vice

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