Methodist Church Hall • Cnr Milton Road and Wesley Street • Observatory • 7925 • Cape Town

Mowgli's Story

theatre for youth
Adapted and produced by Deborah GILDENHUYS | Directed by Lauren BATES | Assisted by Melanie HORN | Performed by SPOTLIGHT YOUTH THEATRE

This adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is set in Africa and made relevant for young people today, touching on issues of belonging and identity. Mowgli is a young girl who is lost and does not fit in, but is made to feel like she belongs by her new family in the wilds. Until  they are threatened…

Deborah Gildenhuys is a drama teacher and director with 37 years experience and ran Spotlight Drama Studio for 27 years, providing drama classes, drama exam training and producing plays for young people . In 2023 she decided to re open as Spotlight Youth Theatre committed to producuing quality theatre for young people with young people.

Our Jungle Story is directed by Lauren Bates, one of the earlier members of the Studio.  Lauren is now a Shakespeare Masters Graduate, a Teacher and Theatre Practitioner in her own right and is the founder of Educasions, a Theatre group who dramatise school setworks.

Melanie O’Çonnor Horn is an experienced teacher of English and Drama, involved in theatre marketing and encouraging new playwrights, as well as being a writer herself.

The cast is made up of young people from schools around the peninsula from the ages of 9-16 all with a love of acting and story-telling.