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.
The Jungle tells stories of loss, fear, community and hope, of the Calais camp’s creation - and of 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.
‘THE JUNGLE DOES EVERYTHING THEATRE DOES BEST & MORE. STAGGERING.’
The Playhouse Theatre has undergone an unprecedented transformation and will be unrecognisable as a traditional proscenium theatre during The Jungle. The stalls have been completely reconfigured to house Miriam Buether’s critically-acclaimed set design as seen at the Young Vic, where audiences were invited to sit at the benches and tables of the Afghan café in the Calais camp. Miriam Buether’s critically-acclaimed set design, as seen at the Young Vic, has completely transformed the stalls auditorium into the world of the Afghan café at the heart of the the Calais camp.
The West End production will also offer the brand new experience of watching from the Dress Circle, which has been renamed ‘Cliffs of Dover’. Whilst the Dress Circle will retain its traditional theatre seating, the experience will be completely unlike anything regular attenders have witnessed before, with unique views over the newly transformed performance space below, enhanced by accompanying video screens relaying close-up ‘live news broadcast’ style footage of some of the action.
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.