“Brimful of hope, humour and humanity,” (Metro) Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson’s debut full-length play tells the stories of loss, fear, community and hope in The Jungle refugee camp just across the Channel in Calais. Coming to the Playhouse Theatre following its five-star Off West End run, the venue has been transformed for The Jungle to mimic the intimate in-the-round seating of Miriam Buether’s critically-acclaimed Young Vic design.
This is the place where people suffered and dreamed. Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of The Jungle. Discover how the Calais camp was created - and how its eventual destruction came about. 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 numerous countries and the volunteers who arrived from the UK.
Audiences are invited to choose from two unique experiences: take a seat at the benches and tables of the vibrant and bustling café at the heart of the Calais Jungle, or watch from ‘The Cliffs of Dover’ in the circle, overlooking the dynamic performance space below. Wherever you sit, prepare to be transported into the world of the Calais camp, where a community forged from necessity shares its unimaginable stories of hope against all odds.
This show is "exuberant, full of music and movement” (Time Out), an epic tale and a unique theatrical experience of national significance that you don’t want to miss.
‘THE WEST END JUST GOT A HEART TRANSPLANT. ASTONISHING.’
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, DOMINIC CAVENDISH
‘A PRICELESS PIECE OF THEATRE. SUPERB.’
THE GUARDIAN, MICHAEL BILLINGTON
'THEATRE SHAKES HANDS WITH THE WORLD'
THE SUNDAY TIMES, DAVID JAYS
The majority of the original cast will transfer with the production, including actors from refugee backgrounds, some of whom came through The Jungle. The full cast includes: Ammar Haj Ahmad, Mohammad Amiri, Girum Bekele, Elham Ehsas, Trevor Fox, Moein Ghobsheh, Ansu Kabia, Freddie Meredith, John Pfumojena, Rachel Redford, Rachid Sabitri, Mohamed Sarrar, Ben Turner and Nahel Tzegai.
Okot, a Sudanese refugee, has been to hell and back. He wants nothing more than to get to the UK and Beth wants nothing more than to help him. She is one of the many good-willed but helpless British volunteers, like Sam, Derek and Paula, attempting to help the members of The Jungle. Also found in the camp is Salar, an Afhgan refugee, who runs a prosperous restaurant and Safi, the well-educated and sympathetic Syrian host, who fled the horrors of Aleppo.
This intimate production has been described as a “devastating, uplifting show” by The Guardian: where worlds collide, in the worst places, you meet the best people.
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Tuesday 7th August 7.30pm – Audio described
Tuesday 14th August 7.30pm - Captioned performance
The auditorium has been transformed into the world of the Afghan Café in the Calais Jungle. The Calais camp was largely organised by nationality, and the auditorium space has been designed to reflect this.’
Due to the nature of the performance space you may be asked to check bags and coats into our free cloakroom. No latecomers are permitted. If you leave your seat during the performance you may be prevented from readmission to the auditorium.
Please note, this production contains the following:
Smoke effects; Strobe/ flashing lights; Cigarette smoking; Strong language; Loud noises and gunshot sounds; Prolonged periods of darkness; Images which some may find disturbing.
Find out more about the venue for your show: Directions, Transport options and facilities.
(2mins) Follow Embankment Place right under the bridge; turn right onto Northumberland Avenue and you’ll see the theatre.