The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - THEATRE The Jun­gle

Young Vic

HEN DOES a place be­came a place?” asks the watch­ful Safi.

Safi (Am­mar Haj Ahmad) is a Syr­ian refugee and also the nar­ra­tor of this re­mark­able new play by Joe Mur­phy and Joe Robertson. It is set in the once no­to­ri­ous, now razed, mi­grant and refugee camp known by its thou­sands of in­hab­i­tants as the Jun­gle.

The Joes, as the two York­shire-born writ­ers are some­times known, were re­spon­si­ble for set­ting up the Good Chance theatre there. This was an oa­sis of rel­a­tive safety in the camp where peo­ple whose daily ob­jec­tive was to sur­vive, and also to at­tempt a dan­ger­ous cross­ing to the UK, could tell their sto­ries, or lis­ten to those told by oth­ers. The ge­nius of Miriam Buether’s de­sign is that it repli­cates the camp with such ac­cu­racy that any­one who knew it (I re­ported from


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