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The Jungle

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Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Great staging, Thought-provoking

About the show

St. Ann’s Warehouse presents this acclaimed work from London which brings to life the powerful, short-lived, self-governing society of the jungle, a refugee camp in northern France. More…

The play is a remembrance of the now bulldozed camp in Calais, France known as the Jungle, where thousands of refugees who had escaped drought, war, and strife-torn countries in Africa and the Middle East waited for their “good chance” passage to Britain. With minimal resources in the squalid, sprawling landfill-turned-makeshift-camp, immigrants and committed volunteers built a warm, self-governing, diverse society—with restaurants, shops, a school, a church—from nothing.

2h 30m | Already closed | St Ann's Warehouse (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (123)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Great staging, Thought-provoking
88
Avg Score

For a previous production
80
Moving, Engrossing, Loud, Earnest, Powerful

See it if you'd like to "live" in a Fr refugee camp for 3 hrs. By the end, you'll care abt many chars. And you'll be frustrated w 1st world countries.

Don't see it if you dislike shouting, flashlights in eyes, depressing stories, untradl staging (in the round on platforms). But strong acting, impt message.

For a previous production
90
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if an exceedingly timely and relevant play about refugees. A must see. Exceptional staging, direction, ​and acting.

Don't see it if you can't sit uncomfortably for almost 3 hours in chairs/benches/floors.

Also I wish the show had included a page of relevant information and terms ... Read more Read less

For a previous production
83
Absorbing, Clever, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if An important eye opening play. Really absorbs you into the setting. Performances are extremely realistic. Great production.

Don't see it if You aren't willing to sit for almost 3 hours in unconventional seating. In the end it's worth it however the show could be a little shorter

For a previous production
94
Profound, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Riveting

See it if You want to be totally absorbed into the world of the refugees and experience a dramatic immersive powerful show that will stay with you.

Don't see it if You’re a fan of the ridiculous Orange One in the White House and his policies of caging children and removing them from their families.

Also This is an amazing show. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

For a previous production
81
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if A well acted story about the refugee crisis in Europe.

Don't see it if You do not like de er p dramatic plays. If you want a musical or a lighter type show

For a previous production
80
Compelling, Well staged, Great acting, One big plot flaw

See it if You want an in the round experience of a compelling refugee story with strong performances. One big plot flaw hurt it (see more).

Don't see it if You don’t like odd non proscenium spaces. My seat hurt after a while. And by gosh RUN to coat check after or you’ll be there forever.

Also They give away the end as the first scene. Really disappointing since ... Read more Read less

For a previous production
85
Relevant, Dizzying, Heartbreaking, Immersive, Thought-provoking

See it if Creative set & staging immerses the audience in a doomed makeshift refugee camp. Unique multi-cultural experience.

Don't see it if Non-linear story with partially developed characters. Intentionally chaotic & noisy. Uncomfortable seating for 3 hrs.

Also There is also an art exhibit in the entrance area, with pictures of th... Read more Read less

For a previous production
85
Diverse, Visceral, Affecting, Polemic, Political

See it if you want to be jolted into considering the plight of migrants in a way you never have considered it before.

Don't see it if you like a clear separation of the space for the audience from the space for the performer.

Also The subject matter in “The Jungle,” the conditions for migrants in Eur... Read more Read less

For a previous production
93
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're into immersive theater, concerned about the refugee & immigration crisis globally, see the creation of an onstage community

Don't see it if you don't like sitting on benches or platforms in the midst of action, sprawling stories with overlapping dialogue, loud noises & voices

Also One of the most interesting and ultimately thrilling experiences I hav... Read more Read less

For a previous production
78
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intense, Epic

See it if Excitingly staged. Important subject matter. Very unique. Second act much better than the first. Great acting. Impressive.

Don't see it if If you don’t like immersive theater this is not for you. Loud. Stressful at times.

Also Lots of loud screaming and running around. Confusing. At first you jus... Read more Read less

For a previous production
71
Great staging, Great acting, Relevant, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You love immersive theatre and want to hear true-to-life, relevant stories of modern refugees trying to survive.

Don't see it if You dislike immersive theatre or worry that the white saviors will dominate the play (they do), instead of the refugees and their stories.

For a previous production
92
Relevant, Must see, Engrossing & immersive, Important, Harrowing

See it if you're concerned about the refugee crisis around the world with Calais as example; great acting, sound, immersive staging & sets; insightful

Don't see it if don't like long plays, nontraditional staging & seating; shy away from tragic portrayals of human suffering/current events.

Also Direction is brilliant with so much going on. Several of the actors ar... Read more Read less

For a previous production
95
Timely, Relevant, Terrific immersive staging, Confusing, Wonderful set design

See it if you enjoy plays that have a documentary feel to it. This is a true story—and the audience is made to feel like part of the action.

Don't see it if you can't sit on a bench or pillow for 3 hours. With the action going on around the audience, you are bound to miss some words.

For a previous production
91
Epic, Great acting, Riveting, Stirring, Inspiring

See it if inspired by inherently dramatic, modern day epics: founding cities, forging alliances, escape, survival. Non-theater friends will like too.

Don't see it if you prefer the sort of insular theater devices only studied theater people like seeing; are too embedded in first world problems.

Also An accomplishment. Dramas about subjects like this run the risk of bei... Read more Read less

For a previous production
88
Great staging, Epic, Profound, Relevant

See it if you're interested in an immersive depiction of a true story of refugees coming together under challenging conditions.

Don't see it if you'll be depressed by the fact that all their efforts were ultimately for naught.

For a previous production
85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you're looking for a timely play about the refugee crisis told in an absorbing way with great staging and acting. Important and relevant.

Don't see it if you're not interested in refugee stories, don't care about current events and politics, or can't sit for 3 hours on bench-style seats.

For a previous production
93
Brilliant, imperfect depiction of a real place, in our time, to our shame by and with those in the jungle

See it if This is the definition of Must see. Must know. It continues today. St Ann's bc a gallery of art, mood, hope and desperation

Don't see it if You have difficulty with bright lights, smoke effects, loud sudden noise and vibration. Otherwise try to get tix to this sold out play.

Also One of the most interesting statements is spoken in the opening minute... Read more Read less

For a previous production
90
Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you like theater that picks you up shakes you around and drops you back in your seat feeling moved by an incredibly powerful piece

Don't see it if you cannot tolerate "real-life" scenarios that deal with immigration and refugees

For a previous production
86
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like confrontational theater that isn't didactic, makes you think and lets you get absorbed in and care about the characters

Don't see it if if you are in the mood for light entertainment and easy endings.

For a previous production
96
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Emotionally gripping

See it if story of a camp in north of France with refuges from many countries who together create a community from nothing; then it gets bulldozed

Don't see it if you have no empathy, want an uplifting Disney story or jukebox musical

Also I read about 'The jungle' in the paper but, even though they were fact... Read more Read less

For a previous production
84
Absorbing, Relevant

See it if Immersion into the struggle, hope, and journey of refugees that are usually ignored. What's humanity when people are left to die?

Don't see it if White "volunteers" come with mixed intentions to "save" refugees leaves a bad taste. Actors not on one stage front and center annoy you.

Also Ticket from online rush via TodayTix app for $27.50. Seat on cushion o... Read more Read less

For a previous production
91
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Must see, Edgy

See it if In-your-face theater ... essential viewing. Walls exist in our heads. Immersive we should be.

Don't see it if Truth is painful...no fake news. See it, except,is,sold out.

For a previous production
80
Entertaining, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if You seek uplift concerning the plight of unwelcome immigrants in an immersive setting

Don't see it if You might be put off by a story of immigrants banding together in community framed as a product of first world enablers.

For a previous production
92
Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Masterful

See it if you care about the plight of refugees & want to see true story portrayed by refugees from many countries

Don't see it if you prefer not to think about the plight of refugees or to feel teary

Also The tranformation of the theater immerses you in the camp experience.

For a previous production
94
Intense, Relevant, Powerful, Original, Moving

See it if you like immersive works that make you think and feel. The staging, acting, writing are all excellent. Timely and relevant.

Don't see it if you don't care about refugees, or don't like in-your-face theater. Seats are somewhat uncomfortable and it's a long show.

Also This was unlike anything I have ever seen. From the moment you set foo... Read more Read less


December 9th, 2018
"The show summons, with uncanny clarity, the vigorous chaos from which a provisional order gradually emerges...There is tension, of course, and apprehension and suspicion...But the clashes are often comic, and the pure energy of actors creating a world of people creating a world of their own is e...
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December 13th, 2018
"If you’re looking for effortless exposition or delicate characterization, this nearly three-hour immersive play won’t afford it. It’s not artful as a piece of drama; rather, it’s a deliberate cacophony of voices...The piece is impressive, and it has moments of virtuosity, especially in the music...
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December 9th, 2018
"It's a stunning feat of design, but it's not the only aspect that makes this marvelously realized production...essential viewing...The work packs a powerful punch in the current political era...The play's writing sometimes lacks cohesion and feels manipulative, making it not always as artful as ...
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December 9th, 2018
"In spite of exquisite design and a substantial production, the play itself is shaky...Despite extreme efforts at verisimilitude, a noble purpose, and a vitally important subject, the storytelling comes across as heavy-handed...substituting atmosphere for dramaturgy...It’s devastating to spend al...
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