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Metta Theatre present their street dance spectacular production of Jungle Book as part of Worthing Theatres Summer of Circus

Award-winning company Metta Theatre have announced that their smash hit production of Jungle Book is touring again and will be coming to Worthing’s Connaught Theatre on 26-27 August as part of Worthing Theaters Summer of Circus. The show collaborates Artistic Directors Poppy Burton-Morgan and William Reynolds in their latest version of Jungle Book, with the cast consisting of the UK’s leading dancers and circus performers including Matt Knight (Let It Shine) as Akela.

Poppy Burton-Morgan’s radical re-imagining of Kipling’s much loved classic sees Jungle Book transposed to a contemporary urban jungle of skateboarding Wolves, street dancing Monkeys, a beat-loving bin man Baloo and graffiti artist Bagheera, with choreography from acclaimed hip hop artist Kendra J Horsburgh. Described as Kipling for the 21st century, this production astonishes with its physical virtuosity and provokes with its politics.

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Metta Theatre are known for their powerful visual storytelling and exploration of multicultural stories often from a female perspective. Jungle Book follows Mowgli on her search for identity and belonging, as she is vulnerable, isolated and trying to find her place in an alien environment. The story transcends boundaries and resonates with audiences young and old, urban and rural.

Composer Filipe Gomes has created a beat-driven score using real world sounds of the city. Add to this designer William Reynolds’ trademark minimalism and an urban jungle is created – a stark forest of streetlamps disguising circus equipment on which these recognisably human animals cavort and contort themselves. The show uses street dance and circus to explore the search for identity and belonging in contemporary multicultural Britain.

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Award-winning Metta Theatre are prolific theatre makers and storytellers who combine circus, new writing and physical theatre forms to make challenging and richly layered work. Previous work using the multi-dimensionality of circus to unlock narratives includes Blown Away (2016 UK tour) and their adaptation of The King of Tiny Things, an award-winning circus show which toured nationally in 2015 to major venues and festivals. Recent new writing includes Mouthful at London’s Trafalgar Studios in September 2015 (Critics’ Choice, The Times), a response to the global food crisis from six of the world’s leading dramatists in partnership with six world-renowned scientists. Metta Theatre are supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.

Tickets for Jungle Book are available from the Worthing Theatres box office on 01903 206 206 and online at worthingtheatres.co.uk.

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