Jungle Book set to hit Guildhall Theatre stage

Oddsocks Productions are trekking into the jungle to bring to life Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale of adventure, mischief and monkeys.

The Jungle Book tells the story of Mowgli and his friendships and foes amongst the leaves and life of the jungle. A story of ambition, trust and growing up: The Jungle Book has become one of the most popular children’s stories in literary history.

You can see this production at the Guildhall Theatre in Derby from January 31-February 4.

Set up by Andy Barrow and Elli Mackenzie, Oddsocks Productions is a critically-acclaimed family enterprise taking its work out to diverse communities and audiences across the UK and Channel Islands.

Touring indoor and outdoor venues throughout the year, Oddsocks have become established as one of the UK’s best-loved touring theatre companies with supporters in there thousands.

For over 27 years they’ve toured to countries as far afield as Jordan and Syria with their iconic style of comedy and chaos and this year promises to be no exception.

The Jungle Book guarantees an evening of laughter and mayhem as firm family favourites Oddsocks Productions give this iconic story the ‘Oddsocks spin’.

Oddsocks Producer Elli Mackenzie who’s adapted The Jungle Book for the stage in this jam-packed three month tour, explains why Oddsocks chose to reimagine this timeless classic: “We think it’s very topical, there’s obviously been the new film out recently and it’s a story that connects all of the generations.

“People who have children or grandchildren may remember the original Disney film and their children may now have connected more strongly to this new version. We thought it’s a good opportunity to say ‘Disney does it one way, Oddsocks does it another!”

Oddsocks’ retelling promises to do all their own stunts, no CGI and it will all be in 3D without requiring glasses.

You can read a Q&A with Littleover actor Jora Singh (pictured above), who plays Mowgli in this production, in the February issue of artsbeat which is out the last week of January.