Maskers Theatre Company
The Jungle Book
15 to 25 July 2015  

The Jungle Book

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The director talks to the pack...

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The cast rehearsing on stage...

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The monkies...

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The Jungle Book

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The Jungle Book

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Shere Khan, Baloo,Mowgli and Tabaqui

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The fight director at work...

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In rehearsal...

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Deep in the jungle something stirs….

In the OPEN AIR at

Hamptworth Lodge
Landford SP5 2EA (between Romsey and Salisbury)

Map and directions here

by phone: 023 8071 1818
group bookings: 023 8071 1812
or in person from the
Mayflower Theatre Box Office

Romsey Heritage Centre,
Church St, Romsey SO51 8DF

For concessions & ticket details click here

This is Rudyard Kipling’s jungle of tooth and claw and tells how, by keeping to the Jungle Law, a delicate balance is maintained between the hunting animals. The First Law of the Jungle is never to hunt man. But the mighty Shere Khan, rogue tiger and would-be Lord of the Jungle, has tasted man-flesh and is anxious for more. When a baby he snatches from a local village is rescued by wolves, the delicate balance is tipped. Mowgli grows, part wolf, part boy, sheltered by the jungle animals - until he has to face Shere Khan. If he can survive he has to decide where his future lies - as a wolf or a man? This adaptation of Kipling’s much-loved story definitely isn’t Disney but includes a host of familiar characters from mischievous monkeys to the loveable Baloo. The production will appeal to adults and children alike – so come along, pack a picnic and look forward to a thrilling open-air experience.
The Director

Meri Mackney - Meri has been a Masker for more years than she cares to remember as actor, director, and just about anything else which needs doing! Meri directed Anne Boleyn at Hamptworth two years ago and previously adapted for the open-air and directed Pride and Prejudice for Maskers. She takes enormous pleasure in creating the right atmosphere for a play and helping to bring the characters to life. She is enjoying the challenge of converting a manicured English garden into the Indian jungle!


Mowgli is played by Kristina Wilde.
This is Kristina's debut with Maskers. A former Brighton resident, Kristina acted in and directed multiple productions with SUDS, Sussex University's drama society. Past roles include Masha in The Seagull, Paige in Dinner, and Bolingbroke in Richard II.

Shere Khan, the Tiger is played by William Baggs.
This is not the first time William has played an animal. His first role with Maskers was as Pricklemouse in Can You Hear the Music. A forest/jungle theme continued in A Midsummer Night's Dream playing Lysander. Although not King of the Jungle, part number three was a monarch: James I in Anne Boleyn. Playing the ineffectual Richard II was a great opportunity to roar at his subjects, but let's hope Shere Khan can do better!

Akela, Leader of the Wolf Pack is played by Paul Green.
Paul has been with Maskers for over three years, but has been acting and directing for over 30. His last outdoor performance was at The Minack Theatre in Cornwall, where he also directed The 39 Steps three years ago. His most recent roles include Brendan in The Weir, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet and the Italian Waiter in Betrayal. Paul is looking forward to playing Akela the Wolf and showing his "inner animal".

Raksha, Alpha female Wolf is played by Kate Grundy.
Kate has been part of Maskers for many years and has previously been seen in Treasure Island at Hamptworth playing a bloodthirsty pirate. Kate is loving being part of The Jungle Book at Hamptworth and yet again, she is playing Mother Wolf to her own little wolf and real-life daughter, Millie Grundy.

Baloo, the Bear is played by Adam Taussik.
Since Adam was the Chief Weasel in Wind in the Willows a few years ago, he has been playing humans for a while, but hard work and dedication (and fortunate casting) has brought him back to the animal kingdom - and perhaps all the hair had something to do with it. When not in furs, he has another life in Student Services at the University of Southampton. 

Bagheera, the Panther is played by Marie McDade.
Marie has played a number of parts since she joined Maskers three years ago, but so far all have had just the two legs! After exploring emotional depths in Richard II she is going to enjoy exploring the jungle and finding her inner panther…

Tabaqui , the Jackal is played by Molly McDade.
Molly is relatively new to acting, having only appeared in a couple of Nuffield Youth Theatre productions before coming to Maskers, appearing in the award-winning production of Our Town, where she played the part of Rebecca. While that was a heavily emotional play, she is looking forward to something much more fun and is now ironically discovering her true calling is playing a mangy, rabid jackal sidekick…

Kaa, the Snake is played by Ruth Kibble.
Ruth joined Maskers over 10 years ago as a blind witch in Macbeth and is an active member both on and offstage. This will be her fourth production at Hamptworth, having previously wailed sea-shanties in Treasure Island, danced a foxtrot in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and lost her head in the title role of Anne Boleyn. She hopes to hypnotise and beguile you as Kaa the keep an eye on any tasty-looking children!

Buldeo, the Hunter is played by David Jobson.
David is ecstatic to be back at Hamptworth after playing a lurker in Anne Boleyn. He has played General McKenzie in And Then There Were None, rivalled the lords in Richard II, and fought in The Three Musketeers twice in a row (once as Porthos). It makes the warrior Buldeo the perfect role for him.

Messua, Mowgli’s adopted mother is played by Jill Desborough.
Having enjoyed a long career as an English teacher, Jill has done most of her acting in the classroom! She joined Maskers last summer and has been privileged to work with talented people on two very different shows: the Christmas is A-Comin' and, currently, Richard II. She is delighted to have the opportunity to work on The Jungle Book, to learn about the challenges of outdoor productions - and to get messy helping with the mask making!

Chil the Kite/puppeteer is played by Leah Barlow.
This is Leah’s fifth show with the Maskers over a 12 year membership, playing anything from Queen Anne Boleyn’s faithful friend Lady Celia to a singing strumpet, but this is a first for her with puppeteering. Leah is really enjoying this summer show and learning new acting techniques for the puppets.

Luna, the Monkey is played by Jo Fox.
Jo has been a Masker since 2007. Recently she played the part of Lady Jane Rochford in 2013's open air production of Anne Boleyn at Hamptworth Lodge. Following this she played Jodie in Sitting Pretty at the Nuffield in January 2014 and Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest at Hamptworth in summer last year. She is looking forward to monkeying around this summer and is having lots of fun rehearsing for The Jungle Book!

Ban, the Monkey is played by Jo Iacovou.
Joanna has been a member of Maskers for just over 12 years. She has had varying roles over the years, her favourites being Ruby Birtle in J.B. Priestley's When we are Married and Rita in Willy Russel's Educating Rita. In 2014 she had a very successful directorial debut with Thornton Wilder's Our Town which won two Curtain Call awards. She is keen to direct again but, for now, she's back to monkeying around onstage.

Taak, the Monkey is played by Molly Martinson.
This is Molly's second show with Maskers, having previously appeared in Anne Boleyn.

Hunter 1 is played by Eric Petterson. 
Eric started a late acting career with Maskers in A Christmas Charivari in 2012. His straight acting roles included the guard in Forward to the Right and Jack in The Weir. He also played James in The 13th Floor and a manic mass murderer in the latest Christmas offering. In 2015, he toured with Maskers as John of Gaunt in Richard II. This is his first open air production, and he is looking forward to it greatly.

Hunter 2 is played by Paul Baker.
Paul has been in every Maskers show in the open air since 1996, most recently in The Importance of Being Earnest here at Hamptworth last year. He is a keen amateur naturalist and is still unsure how he feels about playing the part of someone who hunts animals to kill them...

Woman is played by Sue Dashper.
Sue has been a member of Maskers for several years now, and the last production she appeared in was Sitting Pretty at the Nuffield Theatre. She has also acted in Studio productions including a Curtain Call-nominated performance in Contractions. Sue is excited to be performing at Hamptworth for the third time having previously appeared in Treasure Island and Anne Boleyn.

Tima, a disgruntled Wolf is played by Donna Beddall.
This is Donna's third acting role for the Maskers, having played a Lady in Waiting in open air show Anne Boleyn, and Sam Craig in October's studio play Our Town. Having trained in dance at university, Donna is really looking forward to the challenge and physicality The Jungle Book will bring, not to mention the fun, fur and fire along the way! 

Snag, another disgruntled Wolf is played by Lydia Rollin.
The Jungle Book is Lydia's first production with Maskers. Lydia loves the theatre and – a good few years back – enjoyed performing in shows at school, college, and briefly, the National Youth Theatre. More recently she has been studying at university and working in HR Departments around the country. She is very excited to be joining the Company and to be on the stage again!

  The Wolf Pack (monkeys/villagers) are played by:
Brenda Atkinson, Bruce Atkinson, Millie Grundy, Hope Hamilton, Michelle Heffer, Poppy Lane, Enya Ryan, Thomas Welch, Elizabeth Russell, William Russell.

Mowgli Understudy is Michelle Heffer. This is Michelle’s third production with Maskers, having previously appeared on stage in Wuthering Heights and Proof. Michelle is enjoying the variety of shows she has been involved in with Maskers and is particularly excited to take part in her first outdoor production! She is
loving being part of The Jungle Book and getting to explore the physicality of different animals.

Production Manager :
 Kathryn Salmon
Stage Manager :
 Tom Foyle
Deputy Stage Manager :
 Robert Osborne
Fight Director :
 Paul Benzing
Set Design :
 Meri Mackney & Andy Burrows
Lighting Designer :
 Clive Weeks
Lighting Operator :
 Mike Matthias
Sound Designer :
 Jamie McCarthy
Technical Team :
 David Cowley, Mike Matthias, Nick Lawther, Martyn Welch, Bob Gibson & Nathan Weeks
Masks and Props :
 The Cast
Costumes :
 Serena Brown (assisted by Susan Wilson)
Set Construction :
 Andy Burrows & Roger Lockett
Front of House Manager :
 Kathryn Salmon
For the company
Technical Manager:- Jamie McCarthy;   Marketing Director:- Sarah Russell;   Marketing Team:- Angela Stansbridge, Ruth Kibble, Leah Barlow, James Norton, Clive Weeks, Greg Parr, Zannah Lawther;   Front of House Manager:- Chris Baker;   Front of House Display:- Hannah Swieton, Leah Barlow;   Box Office Manager:- Chris Baker;   Photography:- Clive Weeks;   Bar Manager:- Jan Spiers
Ticket prices and details

Wednesday 15 at 7.45pm £10
Thursday 16 at 7.45pm £12
Friday 17 at 7.45pm £15
Saturday 18 at 3pm and 7.45pm £15
Sunday 19 at 3pm £15
Tuesday 21 at 7.45pm £12
Wednesday 22 at 7.45pm £12
Thursday 23 at 7.45pm £12
Friday 24 at 7.45pm £15
Saturday 25 at 7.45pm £15
Group Bookings – 10% on 10 or more tickets
(except Friday and Saturday)
Disabled concession – contact box office
Students £10
Matinees Only Special Offer:
Family Ticket £45 (2 adults, 2 children 16 and under).
Single child ticket £10. Babes in arms free of charge.

Patrons are welcome to picnic in the beautiful gardens of Hamptworth Lodge from 6.15pm (1.30pm on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July). You are advised to bring low back chairs, rugs etc., as NO SEATING IS PROVIDED. We suggest you also bring jumpers or coats, as it can get cold even on the warmest of evenings.
Any decision to cancel a performance due to bad weather will not be taken until the performance start time; patrons may then be offered a ticket for another night.
Hamptworth Lodge is a private home not generally open to the public and there is no public access prior to the performance dates. Ample free parking and toilet facilities will be provided with provision for disabled patrons. There is a short walk of approx. 100 metres to the performance area. Hot and cold drinks and snacks will be available to buy. No unaccompanied children under 16. No dogs (except guide dogs). Note: We are not licenced to sell alcohol on site, but patrons are welcome to bring their own.

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Finding Hamptworth Lodge

From Junction 2 of the M27, take the A36 to Salisbury for 5.5 miles.
Turn left into Lyndhurst Road (B3079) for 0.42 miles.
Turn right into Hamptworth Road for 2 miles, following signs for Redlynch & Downton and passing the Cuckoo Inn.
The play will be signposted from here.


For the Google Maps link click here

Note the pin shows as "New Forest National Park" but this is Hamptworth Lodge