Wild things roam on stage in this city jun­gle

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - HOT TOPIC - HARSIMRAN GILL

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

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