A play at San Francisco’s Curran has transformed the theater into an Afghan restaurant inside a refugee camp in Calais, France. In “The Jungle,” audience members sit crammed at restaurant tables amid the buzz and drama of a makeshift society of refugees from various countries who dream of leaving the camp. Forum talks to the playwrights about the theater they ran out of the real refugee camp in Calais, known as the Jungle, and about the play that emerged from the stories they heard, and the people they met.
Immersive Play Takes Audience Inside ‘The Jungle’ Refugee Camp
Graffiti on a wooden structure reads 'A place to live' at the 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais in northern France on October 28, 2016. (Francois Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images)
Joe Murphy, playwright, "The Jungle"; co-artistic director, Good Chance Theatre
Joe Robertson, playwright, "The Jungle"; co-artistic director, Good Chance Theatre