Behind the scenes with The Jungle cast 👀

This week we let Ammar Haj Ahmad from the cast of The Jungle loose on our Instagram Story while the cast were in tech rehearsals. We’ve rounded up some of the best behind-the-scenes footage that he caught backstage here at the Young Vic.

The Jungle opens at the Young Vic from 7 Dec. A powerful world premiere set in the Calais jungle refugee camp. Book tickets from £10:
https://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/the-jungle

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The Jungle runs at the Young Vic from 7 Dec – 9 Jan. Book tickets from £10.

A Young Vic and National Theatre co-production with Good Chance Theatre. Commissioned by the National Theatre

Casting announcement: meet the cast of The Brothers Size

We’re excited to announce casting for The Brothers Size which runs in the Young Vic’s Main House from  – 

Sope DirisuSope Dirisu makes his Young Vic debut in The Brothers Size.

Theatre includes: Coriolanus, Pericles (RSC); One Night In Miami (Donmar); The Whipping Man (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Tory Boyz, Romeo and Juliet (West End for National Youth Theatre) and Prince Of Denmark, Our Days Of Rage, Tory Boyz (National Youth Theatre).

Television includes: Next of Kin, Five By Five, The Halcyon, Black Mirror, Undercover, Siblings, Humans, The Casual Vacancy, The Mill and Utopia.

Film includes: Sand Castle, The Huntsman: Winter’s War and Criminal

Jonathan AjayiJonathan Ajayi makes his Young Vic debut in The Brothers Size.

Theatre includes: A Midsummer Nights Dream in New Orleans (The Arts Theatre), Sucker Punch, Port, Duchess of Malfi, A New Brain, Lady from the Sea (LAMDA).

Film includes: Hallelujah.

 

 

Anthony WelshAnthony Welsh returns to the Young Vic after appearing dirty butterfly, Blackta and the original production of The Brothers Size in 2007.

Theatre includes: Barber Shop Chronicles, Nut (National Theatre); The Merchant of Venice (Almeida); Precious Little Talent, Lower Ninth (Trafalgar Studios); Sucker Punch (Royal Court); Pornography (Tricycle Theatre & Tour).

Television includes: Black Mirror: Crocodile, Fleabag, The Secrets, Life’s Too Short, Top Boy, Holby City and The Bill.

Film includes: The Arrival, Ibiza, Journeyman, Sand Castle, The Girl With All The Gifts, Second Coming, Starred Up, Dirty Money, My Brother The Devil and Comes A Bright Day.

The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney is directed by Bijan Sheibani, designed by Patrick Burnier with live music and sound design by Manuel Pinheiro. A co-production with Actors Touring Company.

Find out more about the show and book your tickets here.

11 Questions with the Vocal Coach of The Suppliant Women | Mary King

The “outstanding” (★★★★★ The Telegraph) The Suppliant Women has received wide-spread critical acclaim, not least for the power of the “choral power unleashed” (★★★★★ Whatsonstage) from the chorus of 27 young women recruited from local communities of South London who sing and dance their way through Aeschylus’ 2500 year old text. It seems fitting, therefore, that Mary King – Vocal Coach to finest of London’s musical theatre and opera stars, and who has coached these young women since their recruitment in September – should be in the hot seat for our 11 Questions today:

1. Can you describe your job in three words?

Fascinating, energising, varied!

2. What’s it like working with a community chorus of 50+ ?

All of the above (Answer 1) – stimulating and never dull

3. What was it that first got you interested in singing/music?

Been interested my whole life, but remember being absolutely awestruck by hearing Kathleen Ferrier on a recording singing Blow the wind Southerly – I must have been about 8, and I’d never heard anything like it

4. If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

My super power would be the ability to get on a magic carpet at the end of a rehearsal / day’s work, and to be home in seconds…..(and a bonus if it could also be used for getting to work, or even making trips to seaside / countryside / parks and gardens…)

5. What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?

Either doing a vocal warm up with the cast, or sipping a dry white in the bar…

6. What is your favourite show you’ve seen, read or worked on?

Too many to mention, so it would change every day of the week – Bernstein’s Mass in 2010 was pretty amazing!

7. What’s the best thing about teaching?

Seeing / hearing people develop over a rehearsal period, and accomplish things which are a) amazing and b) that they didn’t necessarily know they could…

8. How do you think this show will make audiences feel?

Hopefully it will be thought provoking; touching and exciting

9. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Stick in there… never give up

10. Who is your ultimate hero, and what would you say to them if you could meet them?

Not sure I have an ultimate hero / heroine… I met Bobby McFerrin once, (who would be on my list, if I had one) and could only mumble…

11. Confession time. This is a safe space: tell us something you’ve never told anyone before

I cannot change my new light bulbs….

Five Plays – November 2017 | YV Directors Program

Twice a year we team up five directors from our Directors Program with five different writers and task them with creating five plays, rehearsed and staged over five days with five different casts. The result is Five Plays.

As always, this November saw some amazing collaborations between a host of exciting writing and acting talent working with our five directors, including three Jerwood Assistant Directors who have worked on recent Young Vic productions.

I Have Aids

 

by Rachel De-Lahay.
Direction Milli Bhatia, with Shane Zaza and Shvorne Marks.

 

Pops

 

by Charlotte Josephine.
Direction Alasdair Pidsley, with Sean Campion and Sophie Melville.

 

Glutathione

 

by Winsome Pinnock.
Direction Nicole Charles, with Estella Daniels and Petra Lang.

 

Signs / Wonders 

 

by Katherine Soper.
Direction Anna Poole, with Aoife Duffin and Robyn Addison.

 

Nuclear 

 

by Phoebe Eclair-Powell.
Direction Natalie Denton, with Gemma Lawrence and Jack Shalloo.

To find out more about the YV Directors Program and how we’re supporting artists of the future head to directorsprogram.youngvic.org.

All photos by Slav Kirichok.

Anna Poole, Natalie Denton and Nicole Charles are supported through the Jerwood Assistant Directors Program at the Young Vic.

Alasdair Pidsley is supported through the Young Vic Reach Out initiative.

With thanks to Jerwood Charitable Foundation which is dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers. The aim of its funding is to allow artists and arts organisations to thrive; to continue to develop their skills, imagination and creativity with integrity. It works with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts.

For more information on Jerwood Charitable Foundation visit: http://www.jerwoodcharitablefoundation.org

A statement from the Young Vic

18 November 2017

A statement in regards to The Suppliant Women

In accordance with the Young Vic’s longstanding Dignity at Work policy, we do not tolerate inappropriate conduct of any kind.

The safeguarding of those we work with is our priority.  As soon as we were made aware of allegations, all of which related to historic events, the Young Vic took action to look after all participants in The Suppliant Women.  By agreement with the Young Vic and in consultation with Equity, Actors Touring Company have initiated an independent investigation into this matter.

Our policies were shared with the entire company of The Suppliant Women and include resources for reporting concerns or complaints of this nature.  As outlined in our safeguarding policy, experienced members of staff oversaw rehearsals with the community chorus to ensure their wellbeing.

When the investigation was initiated, senior members of our team spent time with our participants to share as much information as we were advised was permissible at that time.

As we made clear in our joint statement with other UK theatre companies on 23 October: we work to create and support a theatre culture where abuse of power is always challenged.  We are committed to working together to ensure that our theatres are safe spaces for all.​​

★★★★★ “A timeless, fantastical production of colour, song, and movement” | The Suppliant Women reviews

The fantastic reviews are rolling in for The Suppliant Women, which is currently storming our Main House with a chorus of over 50 people from our local communities.

★★★★★
“A timeless, fantastical production of colour, song, and movement” 

The Independent | Read the full review

★★★★★
“Outstanding…pungent modern resonances” 

The Telegraph | Read the full review

★★★★★
“Remarkable…choral power unleashed” 

Whatsonstage | Read the full review

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The chorus of The Suppliant Women led by Gemma May. © Stephen Cummiskey

★★★★
“An experience of overwhelming potency…awakens a renewed faith in the future” 

The Times | Read the full review

★★★★
“Pulsating urgency…rousingly topical” 

The Evening Standard | Read the full review

★★★★
“A fierce, beautiful staging of Aeschylus’s drama” 

Financial Times | Read the full review

★★★★
“A community chorus gives tremendous power to this witty adaptation of Aeschylus’s ancient play” 

Time Out | Read the full review

The Suppliant Women runs until 25 November with very limited availability on a few nights and a returns queue operating for all performances. Click here to find out more and book tickets.

 

The Jungle | Rehearsal Room Photos

We went behind-the-scenes inside the rehearsal room for The Jungle at the Young Vic.

This world premiere set in the Calais Jungle opens at the Young Vic from 7 Dec 2017. Written by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin.

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Ansu Kabia, Alex Lawther and Michael Gould in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Alex Lawther, Justin Martin, Joe Robertson and Mohamed Sarrar

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The cast in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Rachel Redford in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Ben Turner and Mohamed Amiri in rehearsal for The Jungle

 

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John Pfumojena in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Jo McInnes in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Rachel Redford and Alyssa Denise D’Souza in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Ben Turner and Ammar Haj Ahmad in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Raphael Acloque in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Writer Joe Murphy in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Ben Turner in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Justin Martin and John Pfumojena in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Jo McInnes and Rachel Redford in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Jo McInnes and Nahel Tzegai in rehearsal for The Jungle

The Jungle runs at the Young Vic from 7 Dec 2017 – 6 Jan 2018

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📸 by David Sandison