Wild things roam on stage in this city jungle
ACTORS have long been known to fall in love with their co-stars but it’s not often they fall head over heels for the stage they perform on.
But that’s just what has happened to Isaac Broadbent, who will be playing Mowgli in the upcoming production of the Rudyard Kipling classic The Jungle Book amid the leafy surrounds of Vaucluse House in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. “The first time I saw the natural stage, it was honestly breathtaking,” he said.
“To have such an immensely secluded garden in the midst of a busy city is fantastic and I’m honoured to perform on such historical grounds.”
The play, set up in the estate’s gardens, draws on its natural surroundings to deliver a unique performance. “We initially had ‘jungle ambience’ noises playing over the speakers, but we realised the natural orchestra of the outdoor setting was a far better jungle experience,” Broadbent said.
The new production is a twist on the famous 19th Century story.
“Rather than retelling the adventures of Mowgli as a boy, this production is about Mowgli returning to the jungle as a man and reuniting with his animal friends. He brings some of his city life back to the jungle which comes through in some of the songs,” Broadbent said.
The Jungle Book — The Next Chapter will be showing from January 10-27. WWW.SHAKESPEAREAUSTRALIA.COM. AU FOR TICKET DETAILS
The cast of The Jungle Book: Zach Selmes, Jake Tyler, Isaac Broadbent and Finn Gough. Picture: Tim Hunter