Playlovers present The Jungle Book at Camelot Theatre

Kaa (puppeteered by Charlie Young) and Mowgli (Jamie Buttery).
Kaa (puppeteered by Charlie Young) and Mowgli (Jamie Buttery).

WHILE Playlovers aims at returning to its former venue at Hackett Hall in Floreat, the community theatre company will continue to present its 2017 season with a production of The Jungle Book at Camelot Theatre in Mosman Park.

Based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling, Monica Flory’s play will bring the adventure of Mowgli to the stage, following the Indian boy raised by wolves, befriended by panther Baghera and bear Baloo while hunted by tiger Shere Khan.

Sarah Christiner will direct the production with co-director Connor Carlyle that features a young ensemble working with physical theatre, puppetry, poetry and animation.

Christiner said they were creating an eclectic style of theatre true to itself.

“Audience members should expect something quite unique but scrupulously faithful to Kipling’s work,” she said.

Wembley actor Charlie Young has previously worked with director Christiner on Lord of the Flies and said he was being challenged by puppeteering Kaa as the snake was quite heavy.

He said the play was not only about Shere Khan seeking revenge but also Mowgli growing wiser and stronger in his journey to accept he was not like the other animals.

The Jungle Book is at heritage-listed Camelot Theatre, Lochee Street, Mosman Park, from October 20 to November 4. Tickets at www.playlovers.org.au.