“Two years he walks the Earth. No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road. Escaped from Atlanta. Thou shalt not return, ‘cause "the West is the best.” And now after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventure. The climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual revolution. Ten days and nights of freight trains and hitchhiking bring him to the great white north. No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild.“
Full casting announced for the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s Romeo and Juliet
Joining previously announced Lily James (Juliet), Richard Madden(Romeo) and Derek Jacobi (Mercutio) will be Meera Syal as the Nurse.
Romeo and Juliet will play at the Garrick Theatre from 12 May until 13 August with press night on 25 May. The production will be broadcast live to cinemas on 7 July.
Meera Syal said: “I’m so looking forward to joining such an exciting and prestigious company, and to be performing Shakespeare with them in this, his 400th anniversary year.”
The full cast includes Marisa Berenson (Lady Capulet), Jack Colgrave Hirst (Benvolio), Tom Hanson (Paris), Matthew Hawksley (Anthony), Taylor James (Prince), Ansu Kabia (Tybalt), Racheal Ofori (Potpan), Nikki Patel (Balthasar), Chris Porter (Lord Montague), Zoë Rainey (Lady Montague), Michael Rouse (Lord Capulet), Sam Valentine (Friar Laurence) and Kathryn Wilder (Peta/Apothecary).
John Osborne’s The Entertainer, which will be the final production in the Plays at the Garrick season (20 August – 12 November), will also be broadcast to cinemas in 2016.
Mowgli is probably the most famous example of a feral child brought to us from the good people at Literature. Although you’re probably more familiar with him in his Disney incarnation, he originally appeared in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. There it’s explained that as a baby Mowgli was lost by his parents during a tiger attack. Which, if nothing else, casts a pretty stark light on how trivial the challenges parents face these days are.
Mowgli was soon found by a pack of wolves, who in a pretty bold move for wolves, elected not to eat the snackin’-size human in front of them and instead raised him as their own. Learning their wolf ways, Mowgli became a skilled tracker and hunter. Ignoring their wolf ways, he also befriended a variety of other animals, including a bear and a panther.
So this all looks good so far. An infant abandoned in the jungle will be raised by friendly animals, learn their ways, and sing a whole mess of up-tempo songs. This doesn’t even seem to have any lasting negative effects on the boy; he eventually returns to a human village and lives more or less happily among these non-wolves. Sure, he does wander back into the jungle more than most normal people, and he probably has a predilection for loincloths and killing things with his teeth, but those seem like pretty minor side effects.
So then. Score one for feral children.
Not that I’m keeping score for any particular reason…