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The Jungle Book: - play script
The Jungle Book: - play script
The Jungle Book: - play script
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The Jungle Book: - play script

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This timeless classic is brought to life for the stage in a vibrant new musical version by award-winning children’s playwright Neil Duffield.


Mowgli, the ‘wolf-cub boy’ and his friends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther transport us to the jungle in a story that has remained a favourite for generations. Can Mowgli discover the secret of man’s red flower? Can he fight off the terrifying tiger, Shere Khan? Will he be able to overcome the many dangers of the jungle and live there happily? Or will he leave his wild friends and join the humans in the village?


Faithful to Kipling’s original beloved story, this beautifully staged musical adaptation has proven a hit with theatres both in the UK and abroad.




LanguageEnglish
Release dateJul 5, 2017
ISBN9781906582272
The Jungle Book: - play script

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Beautiful, brilliant, nostalgic...
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    The Jungle Book, a three star rated book, would be a good book for elementary or middle level students. The book comes in pictures or just words. This book is a classic tale that teachers could have a good time with to introduce the jungle and/or wild animals.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    This a collection of tales that include Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, and Shere Khan; the great snake Kaa and the Monkey People; the white seal Kotick; Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and the human family he saves from the cobra couple Kala Nag and Nagaina; Little Toomai and the elephants; and a mule named Billy. "Mowgli's Brothers" is Chapter 1 and it's the basis for the popularized story and film called "The Jungle Book."These are stories of adventure and exploration of the world and its inhabitants. The adventures contain life's lessons along the way. I think most of these stories are fantastic in how they engage the reader through a fun plot and an easy reading style, especially "Mowgli's Brothers" and "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi."
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Don't rely on Disney, read the book(s) for yourself! The cartoon I've seen of Rikki Tikki Tavi is a faithful adaptation, and there are other stories I was wholly unaware of, but everything involving Mowgli is a bit different. There's more too. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the film adaptations too, but the book is likewise worth your time, if not more so.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    A classic that I loved since I read it for the first time at age 5. My favourite till today is Rikki Tikki Tavi, the mongoose who makes friends with beings so totally different from itself and protects them with wit and skill.Oh, and Bagheera, of course. Every child should have a Bagheera.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    This is a story about a little boy Mowgli. At the beginning of the story his parents are killed by the lame tiger Shere khan . Shere khan vows to eat Mowgli. But Mowgli learns the law of the jungle , how to hunt and how to make fire! as he is learning this, the evil savage monkeys catch him and make him teach them to weave stick and do man skills. But then Baloo and Bageera his two friends try to rescue him.He eventually kills Shere khan with a landslide of buffaloes when he is acting herd boy at a man village. At the end he hunts freely with his brother wolfs.This book was very good. I recommend this book to many young readers. It helps you expose your mind to literature. There is lots of action in this book,there is lots of humor as well. I like how mowgli is brave . He is very courageous, he fought a tiger,can't get more courageous than that! Once again I recommend this book!

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The Jungle Book - Neil Duffield

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Introduction

When, in 1992, I was approached by Action Transport Theatre Company to write a stage adaptation of The Jungle Book, I was fairly reluctant to take it on. The Disney film was much known and loved and my fear was that any stage version would be doomed to failure in comparison. However, when I went back to Kipling's original stories I found them very different to the film. And so, with the provisor that the stage version would bear little resemblance to the film, I felt happy to take on the commission.

The Jungle Book itself is a collection of short stories which were originally published in magazines in 1893/4. Only three of them are concerned with the adventures of Mowgli the man-cub. However, in 1895 Kipling published The Second Jungle Book, a further collection of short stories, which included five more Mowgli stories.

In adapting the stories for the stage I drew on material from all eight and set about the task of combining and blending them into one coherent narrative. What I like about the stories is that they are about growing up and coming of age. In his journey from boy to man, Mowgli has to overcome great obstacles and make difficult decisions. He learns that life is not easy and can sometimes throw up deeply contradictory situations. More than anything he has to find out which tribe, if any, he truly belongs to. In this sense Mowgli's story is universal. He learns the lessons all of us have to learn.

Since I first wrote it, the script has received many productions, both professional and amateur, all over the world. However, until this year it has never been published. And I’m particularly pleased that its publication will be based on and featuring a youth theatre production. I’m a firm believer in the power of theatre to enrich the lives and education of children and young people, to help them learn to live passionate and compassionate lives. The Point Youth Theatre share this belief and combine it with high quality standards in the work they undertake – last year they staged an excellent production of my adaptation of A Christmas Carol. And so I’m especially pleased and proud that it will be their production of The Jungle Book which will feature in Aurora Metro’s publication of the script.

Neil Duffield 2011

THE JUNGLE BOOK

by Rudyard Kipling

adapted for the stage by Neil Duffield

The Jungle Book was performed by The Point Youth Theatre as a promenade production at Itchen Valley Country Park from the 2nd – 7th August 2011 with the following cast:

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