On Friday 8 December Classes V and VI visited the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton to see a vivid new adaption of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic, The Jungle Book. Our children were one of the first to see this new production which premiered in Northampton before a major national tour.

Packed with memorable characters, new songs and brilliant storytelling the musical told the familiar story of Mowgli the man cub’s battles for survival. With the help of his animal friends, including Bagheera the panther, Baloo the bear and Kaa the python, Mowgli outwits the cruel and powerful tiger, Shere Khan, and learns the law of the jungle.

Senior teacher, Mrs Lowe, said, “The children thoroughly enjoyed the show with its animal characters, catchy music and heart-warming ending and have been writing some excellent reviews back in class.”

Matthew Browne, Class VI, wrote:

The Jungle Book The play started with a thrill, an exuberant jump, a little scene of a little cabin song. After that the young child left the home into the forest, the songs came loud and clear from all of the singers and the intelligence of using crutches as the front two legs for the wolves. All the music was great, from the singers, to the musicians playing in the background (some of them, which is amazing, were also the actors performing at the same time.) The set could turn giving a literal 360-degree view of the set and the actors. One thing that was so good was the originality of it with no original songs. All of the characters were fantastic, Baloo especially who gave a jolly feel to the play which made it even better, so that is why it was such an amazing performance.