Action Transport Theatre are back at the Unity this year with Rudyard Kipling's ever popular tale, The Jungle Book. As is their usual style Action Transport use only four actors to tell the tale of Mowgli the wolf cub but introduce a plethora of characters that live in the jungle.
The stage is decorated with vines and leaves to create the jungle that Mowgli and his friends live in, which gives the actors plenty of space to run around as they each take on the roles of the animals. Asif Majid as Mowgli is charming as he meets the not so friendly inhabitants of the jungle with Kaa the enormous python, one of the many brilliant puppets that feature throughout. The villain of the piece is of course Shere Khan, a fearsome scar faced tiger who has a grudge against Mowgli, skilfully played by Samuel Perez Duran, who also takes the role of King Louie. The antics of the monkeys are easily a favourite with the audience and a little audience participation is encouraged. Another favourite is Baloo the Bear, Joe Shipman has created a wonderful character and the audience warmed to him straight away. Completing the troop, we have Fionnuala Dorrity taking on amongst other roles, Bagheera.
Amongst the puppets, imaginative set and four very talented actors, is a beautiful script adapted by Kevin Dyer. There is enough comedy to make the kids giggle and with a wonderful score by Angus McLeod, The Jungle Book really is a gorgeous piece of storytelling
Bravo Action Transport, for creating yet another stunner of a Christmas show.