“You are about to witness an inexplicable wrestling match between two men and observe the downfall of a family…Don’t worry your heads about the motives for the fight, concentrate on the stakes”
On a hot day in the concrete jungle an ethnic capitalist and his gang walk into a shop to buy an opinion from a white employee. The young idealist refuses and a pre-epic showdown ensues – pimps, prostitutes, preachers and fraudsters are all infected alike. If not love, can hatred at least save man from his ultimate isolation?
This is a unique opportunity to see a timely staging of this anarchic work by the young Bertolt Brecht. It caused an outcry when first performed in Munich in 1923. Ninety years on, SplitMoon mounts the Jungle for our bankrupt society.
SplitMoon performs non-naturalistic drama with an international focus. Frequently working with large casts and live music in a site responsive way. With emphasis on the skill of the actor and the magic of language, the company offers a vivid theatrical experience – “A journey into the sweet realm of what is considered wrong”.
Recommended for ages 14+ – contains scenes of a sexual nature
“It emerges, in this rare revival by SplitMoon, as the work of a hauntingly original imagination.”
“Sturm’s inventive production, which makes imaginative use of a triple-tiered set.”
★★★ Michael Billington, The Guardian
[Full review here](http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/sep/18/in-the-jungle-of-cities-review)
“This terrific and overdue revival of an exemplary ‘young man’s play’ ….could not be better timed.”
“The Jungle could not have a better industrial setting than the brick, steel and wooden construct of the atmospheric new Arcola.”
★★★★ Michael Coveney, Whatsonstage.com [Full review here](http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/09-2013/in-the-jungle-of-cities_32023.html?cid=rssfeed-reviews)
“The cast is magical. Full of bravura, this is a wonder.”
“Here is an astounding company that delights in the play’s personality disorder on all fronts. And it is such lewd, bonkers fun.”
Jonathan Watson, The Stage [Full review here](http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/38927/in-the-jungle-of-cities)
Opening performances (18 – 23 Sept, including mat 21 Sept at 2:30pm) –
all tickets £14
Saturday matinees at 2:30pm (28 Sept; 5 Oct) – £16 (£12 concessions)
There will be a post show discussion following the Saturday matinees 21 & 28 September
Pay What You Can Tuesdays
Valid to book with the Arcola passport
Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes including 15 minute interval