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NEWS: The Jungle Book First Form students impress with their performance of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book (adapted for the stage by Stuart Paterson)


Date published: Thu 7 Mar 2019   Category: Performing Arts


The Lent Term saw Whitgift’s Performing Arts Centre transformed into a jungle clearing with an auditorium in the round for the Lower First and First Form production. Effective make-up enhanced the characterisation, but it was the talent of Whitgift’s youngest actors at embodying their animal personas that truly captured the spirit of each creature and made for impressive and enjoyable viewing. The original music, composed by Graduate Music Assistant Mr Liam Connery and Director of Music Ms Rosanna Whitfield was also spot on.

Director of Drama, Mr Daniel Pirrie commended the young cast, “many for whom this was their first experience on a stage. The progress each boy has made over the months of rehearsals is extraordinary and to know this is the first of hopefully many more productions at Whitgift is thrilling.”

Credit goes to all the cast, to name a few; confident Mowgli (Jos Davis), enchanting Kaa (Xander Handley), likeable Baloo and Bagheera (Charlie Kennedy and Joel Gulliford), caring Raksha and Akela (Nicholas Seal and Monty Atkinson) and menacing Shere Khan and Tabaqui (Jevan Appiah-Oppong and Aadhi Narayanan). The village women, hunters, monkey and wolf ensembles completed the superb cast.

This entertaining and high-energy production was testament to the hard work of the whole company, whose enthusiasm and enjoyment clearly rubbed off on the audience. A special matinee show was hosted as part of the School’s outreach programme and in conjunction with our local primary schools which was a wonderful afternoon and it was a pleasure to see so many older boys in the audience, supporting their fellow students.

A big thank you to the entire cast and crew who all did a wonderful job, including the boys who assisted behind the scenes and backstage. We are incredibly grateful to the Directorial and Production Team of Mr Daniel Pirrie, Mrs Faye Carter and Miss Nicole Sheffel and all their hard work. They really enjoyed working with the boys and were very proud of their performances. We eagerly await next year’s First Form play and hope many of the boys will be encouraged to participate in further Whitgift drama events.

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