Mowgli was still a toddler when he was lost in the jungle – his parents feeing the tiger, Shere Khan. There, Mowgli was brought up by wolves, and educated by the bear Baloo and the panther Bagheera. He was happy while growing up and learning the ways of the jungle –and his name was soon known amongst all the animals. But Mowgli’s growing fame provoked resentment and envy, and his life was soon threatened from all sides… First published in the late 1890s, Rudyard Kipling’s two Jungle Books have enchanted generations of children and adults.
Often described as an allegory for the society and politics of the time, The Jungle Book has now been adapted by critically-acclaimed South African playwright, Craig Higginson. The play asks: Who is your family? Those who look the same as you or those who love and nurture you? Here, the tales become a powerful examination of an emerging democracy, and the forces that threaten it. Based on a version by the celebrated director Tim Supple, this adaptation was first staged at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre in 2008. This powerful and magical version of a much-loved classic is as resonant now as it was when it first appeared – both within South Africa and beyond its borders.
Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English poet, short-story writer, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, tales and poems of British soldiers in India, and his tales for children. Kipling received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.
Craig Higginson is a playwright, novelist and theatre director. His plays include Dream of the Dog (which transferred to the Trafalgar Studios on the West End), The Girl in the Yellow Dress (on at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh 2010), The Jungle Book and Little Foot (commissioned by the National Theatre for the 2012 Connections Festival). Craig has won several awards in South Africa and the United Kingdom, including a Sony Gold Award, an Edinburgh Fringe First and a Naledi Award. His plays are represented by PFD.