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

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….

★★★★★ “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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Casting announcement: meet cast of The Jungle

We’re thrilled today to announce the cast for The Jungle – a co-production between Young Vic and the National Theatre with Good Chance Theatre, commissioned by the National Theatre. Running at the Young Vic from 7 Dec 2017 – 6 Jan 2018.

This is a truly global cast which includes actors from Afghanistan, Algeria, Eritrea, Iran, Sudan, Syria, the UK and Zimbabwe, including many from refugee backgrounds, some of whom came through the Calais ‘Jungle’.

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Raphael Acloque makes his Young Vic debut in The Jungle. 
Theatre includes:
As You Like It, Rabbit, Fast Labour, Nell Gwyn, Macbeth, Hindle Wakes, The Lady’s Tragedy, The Rivals, Death and the Maiden, The Comedy of Errors, The Duchess of Malfi (LAMDA)
Television includes:
24: Legacy, Knightfall, Humans, Tyrant, The Secret Agent, Versailles, La Maison D’Alexina
Film includes:
Allied, Burnt, The Danish Girl

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Theatre includes: LOVE (National Theatre / Birmingham Repertory); The Great Survey of Hastings (Ladie’s Parlour); Goats/Told From the Inside (Royal Court); Kan Yama (Cockpit Theatre); Mawlana (Mosaic Rooms); The Knight and the Crescent Hare (UK tour); Babel (Caledonian Park); One Thousand and One Nights (The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, Toronto / Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh)
Television includes: Agatha Raisin, Letters from Baghdad plus many other Arabic television credits
Film includes: London Tomorrow, ALEGNA, Wall, Round Trip, Maqha Almawt, Wada’an, Monologue

Aliya Ali makes her Young Vic debut.

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Mohammad Amiri makes his Young Vic debut in The Jungle.
Theatre includes:
Boy (Almeida)
Television includes: Unforgotten 2
Film includes: Fighting With My Family, City of Tiny Lights

 

Alyssa Denise D’Sousa makes her Young Vic debut.

Elham Ehsas makes his Young Vic debut.

trevor-fox.jpgTrevor Fox makes his Young Vic debut in The Jungle. 
Theatre includes:
People Places & Things (UK Tour), Common (National Theatre), Billy Elliot, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (West End); The Pitman Painters (National Theatre / New York); The Tempest, Cymbeline, The Oresteia, Measure For Measure, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Globe); Children’s Children, King Lear (Almeida)
Television includes: The Moonstone, Beowulf, Joe Maddison’s War, The Walk Daddy’s Girl, Our Friends In The North
Film includes: Bridget Jones – The Edge Of Reason, Billy Elliot

Moein Ghobsheh makes her Young Vic debut.

michael-gould.jpgMichael Gould returns to the Young Vic after appearing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A View from the Bridge (also West End / Broadway), Hamlet, Cruel and Tender. 
Theatre includes:
Waves, Women of Troy, Earthquakes in London, Our Class (National); The Audience (Apollo); The Ugly One (Royal Court); Othello (RSC); King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe)
Television includes: Man Down, The Trial, Decline and Fall, The Bletchley Circle, Silent Witness, Wallander,
Film includes: Darkest Hour, Rogue One, Our Kind of Traitor, Crocodile, Private Peaceful, Room 8 (BAFTA Best Short)

Ansu-Kabia.jpgAnsu Kabia makes his Young Vic debut in The Jungle. 
Theatre includes: 
Hamlet (RADA), Romeo and Juliet, Harlequinade, The Winter’s Tale (Garrick); To Sir With Love (Royal & Derngate / Tour); The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Mouse and His Child, Mojo, Little Eagles, Antony and Cleopatra, King Lear, As You Like It (RSC); She Rode Horses Like The Stock Exchange (Old Vic) and A Few Man Fridays (Cardboard Citizens)
Television includes: Wizards Vs Aliens, London’s Burning, Utopia, The Bill, 10 Days To War and Casualty
Film includes: Murder On The Orient Express
Bruk Kumelay makes his Young Vic debut.

Alex-Lawther.jpgAlex Lawther makes his Young Vic debut in The Jungle. 
Theatre includes:
Crushed Shells and Mud (Southwark Playhouse); The Glass Supper, Fault Lines (Hampstead Theatre); and South Downs (Harold Pinter/Chichester)
Television includes: The End of the Fucking World, Howards End, Black Mirror
Film includes: Ghost Stories, Goodbye Christoper Robin, Freak Show, Old Boys, Departure (winner, Best Actor – Dublin International Film Festival), The Imitation Game (winner, Young British Performer – London Film Critics’ Circle) and X+Y

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Theatre includes
Wastewater, Fleshwound, Bluebird (Royal Court); The House Of Bernarda Alba, The Children’s Hour (National Theatre); M.A.D (Bush); On Blindness,dirty butterfly (Soho Theatre);
Television includesEternal Law, Five Daughters, Material Girl, Recovery, Afterlife, Sorted, The World Of Impressionists, Spooks, Living It, Playing The Field
Film includesMe and Orson Welles, The New Romantics, My Wife is an Actress, Birthday Girl, Gangster No. 1
Jo also works extensively as a director.

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Theatre includes: Bent, Peter Pan (National Theatre); Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe); Workshop Negative (The Gate); I Am Thomas (National Theatre of Scotland); Beasty Baby (Theatre Rights/Polka Theatre); Now You See Me (Immediate Theatre); The Maids (Zimbabwe tour); Water, Bread And Salt (Tangle Café and UK tour); Dream Nation (UK tour); Much Ado About Nothing (Reps Theatre Zimbabwe); The Coup, Waiting For Constitution (Theatre In The Park, Zimbabwe) and Diary Of A Madman (Spear Theatre Zimbabwe)

Rachel-Redford.jpgRachel Redford makes her Young Vic debut in The Jungle.
Theatre includes: The Crucible (Manchester Royal Exchange); Luna Gale (Hampstead Theatre); Closer (Donmar Warehouse); A Ghost From A Perfect Place (Arcola); Adler & Gibb (Royal Court); Not The Worst Place (Sherman Theatre / Theatr Clwyd); Parallel Lines (Chapter Arts Centre); A Family Affair (Sherman Theatre); The Acid Test, Blue Stockings, King Lear (RADA) and Romeo & Juliet (The Gate, Cardiff)
Television includes: Gap Year
Film includes: Testament Of Youth, The Riot Club and Nights

 

Rachid-Sabitri.jpgRachid Sabitri makes his Young Vic debut in The Jungle.
Theatre includes: Aladdin (West End); Romeo and Juliet (West End); I Call My Brothers (Off Broadway and Arcola); Twelfth Night (Westport Country Playhouse and Northampton Theatre Royal); Rafta Rafta (Old Globe, San Diego & National Theatre UK tour); The Tale of the Allergists Wife (La Marida Playhouse, LA)
Television includes: Homeland, Criminal Minds, Madam secretary, Generation Kill, Dr Who, The Odds, The Walk, Wannabes, The Bill, Casualty, Family Business, Blue Murder 
Radio includes: Silver Street, Together

Mohamed Sarrar makes his Young Vic debut.

ben-turner.jpgBen Turner returns to the Young Vic after appearing in Soldier’s Fortune.
Theatre includes: The Kite Runner, As You Like It (Wynham’s Theatre / UK tour); The Iliad (Royal Lyceum Theatre); Maiden Voices From The Uprising (Royal Court); Richard II, Caligula (Donmar Warehouse); Awake And Sing (Almeida) Measure For Measure/Habeus Corpus (tour) The Merchant Of Venice (RSC / tour)
Television includes: The Coroner, WPC 56, Death In Paradise, Casualty, The Bill, Dr Who, Love Soup
Film includes: Six Days, 300: Rise Of An Empire, The Fifth Estate, Adulthood, Syriana

Nahel-Tzegai.jpgNahel Tzegai makes her Young Vic debut in The Jungle.
Theatre includes: How It Ended (Bush Theatre); Ring (BAC); The Ship’s Name (Royal Court); You Are Currently The Highest Bidder, Block 9, Virtually_Real (Roundhouse) and Isilwanyana Esoyikekayo (Trinity College)
Radio includes: Black Dog, Cuttin’ It and The Brave Little Tailor

The Jungle is directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, and written by Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy – the joint-artistic directors of Good Chance Theatre which was originally based in the ‘Jungle’ in Calais and then in the north of Paris next to the refugee welcome centre for the first half of 2017.

10% of tickets for The Jungle will be offered to refugees.

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

Wings: 11 Questions with Nick Gasson

Nick Gasson is currently starring in Wings at the Young Vic. His character is struggling to rebuild his communication skills after experiencing aphasia – a condition that affects the brain and leads to problems with speech and language.

We caught up with Nick to ask him these 11 questions . . .

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 1. Can you describe your character in Wings in three words?

Recovering stroke victim

2. What can the audience expect from this production that’s different to anything else they are likely to have seen before?

Wings is an extra-sensory experience!

3. What’s the most exciting thing about being part of this Young Vic production?

Working with such an amazing team of actors and crew

4. Emily Stilson was a wing walker. What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

Going on the ‘tea-cups’ ride at the funfair!

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

Apart from hugely impressed at Juliet Stevenson’s performance, I think they will feel like they have a better understanding of what goes on in the head of someone who’s had a major stroke

5. What has it been like working with Natalie Abrahami?

Wonderful. Her approach is always collaborative and the final results are finely detailed

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

Reading the papers!

7. What is your favourite play you’ve either seen, read or worked on?

There have been so many but in terms of taking part, playing the old tramp Davies in 3 tours of The Caretaker. Plays that really stunned me when I saw them include Bent and Angels in America, both at the National Theatre.

What was it that first got you interested in the theatre?

Writing and performing in play at primary school

8. What’s the funniest thing that happened to you recently?

I was in my local bar in Spain and Bobby Davro walked in. You have to be fairly old to know who he is, but he was a popular comedian / entertainer on TV in the 1980’s.

9. What’s the one thing you value most in life?

Got to be either health or the feeling of warm sun on your face

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

No longer with us: David Bowie. I’d say ‘Fancy a pint?’. Alive: Judi Dench. I’d say ‘Fancy a cuppa and a chat?’

11. If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?

I wish I’d been born in ’67 rather than ’57. So much changed for the better in those 10 years.

Wings runs at the Young Vic until 4 November. Juliet Stevenson stars as Emily, an aviator who suffers a stroke that destroys her sense of reality. Fragments of her life come together as she struggles to find her voice and sense of self.

Click here to book tickets from £10

 

11 Questions with the cast of My Name is Rachel Corrie | Erin Doherty

Erin Doherty plays Rachel Corrie in this year’s JMK production My Name is Rachel Corrie. She has received plenty of critical praise with The Guardian describing Erin’s portrayal as “one of the year’s great discoveries with a stunning performance” (★★★★). So without further ado, it’s over to the lady herself…

1. Can you describe your character in My Name is Rachel Corrie in three words?

Determined, quick, hopeful

2. What’s the most exciting thing about being part of this Young Vic production?

The opportunity to tell Rachel’s story

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

(I hope) Charged

4. Did you do anything unusual to prepare for this role?

We went to Israel and Palestine. We wouldn’t have been able to make this production without it.

5. What was it like working with JMK Award winner Josh Roche?

Fantastic. Collaborative. Enriching.

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

For this project: Listening to Mozart, lying on the floor of my dressing room.

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Erin Doherty in My Name is Rachel Corrie. Photo by Ellie Kurrtz.

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

Learn to live off little so you can continue doing what excites you.

8. Who is your ultimate hero and what would you say to them if you ever met them?

Well I met Juliet Stevenson last Saturday – she’s a huge hero, a superhero, I think I managed to tell her she’s great…not much else came out.

9. What is your favourite play you’ve seen, read or worked on? 

Mercury Fur, directed by Ned Bennett at the Trafalgar Studios in 2012 – blew my brains out.

10. What is the last thing that made you laugh out loud? 

A phone conversation with my sister, Grace.

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

I used to think my cat was my twin. Yes. I really did.

My Name is Rachel Corrie is currently sold out, but you can queue for day seats or check the Young Vic website for returns (it might be your lucky day) to catch Erin doing what she does best (10 minutes after lying on the floor listening to Mozart).