Experience the Playhouse Theatre’s extraordinary in-the-round transformation which recreates the intimate staging of The Jungle.
The Jungle is a play about identity, nationality and community, set in Europe’s largest unofficial refugee camp – known as the Calais Jungle – which became a temporary home for more than 10,000 people in 2015.
Sharing stories from the residents, The Jungle covers the lifespan of the refugee camp from its creation to its eventual destruction. Join the residents over freshly baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café, and experience the intense, moving and uplifting encounters between refugees from many different countries and the volunteers who arrived from the UK. This is the place where people suffered and dreamed.
Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of the Jungle – just across the Channel, right on our doorstep.
For Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson’s timely show, the Playhouse Theatre has undergone a remarkable transformation. The auditorium stalls have been completely reconfigured to house Miriam Buether’s critically-acclaimed set design as seen at the Young Vic are audiences are invited to sit at the benches and tables of the Afghan café in the Calais camp. The Dress Circle has been renamed to “Cliffs of Dover” and allow unique views over the performance space, which extends out beyond the proscenium arch and over the stalls.
Official charity partner, Help Refugees, will be supported by the production, with fundraising efforts taking place at the venue throughout the entire run.
The company of The Jungle is made up of actors from around the world; cast members are from Iran, Sudan, Afghanistan, Eritrea, England, Zimbabwe, Syria, Armenia, Congo, Wales, Scotland, The Gambia, Morocco, Lebanon and Germany.
An extraordinary piece of theatre, The Jungle explores the human capacity to build something out of nothing, and deservedly won the South Bank Sky Arts Award in the 2018 Theatre category.