THE JUNGLE
AND THE SEA

  • 12 Nov – 18 Dec 22 Upstairs Theatre
  • approx. 2 hours 50 mins (incl. 2 intervals)
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THE JUNGLE
AND THE SEA

Written and directed by S. Shakthidharan & Eamon Flack

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 12 Nov – 18 Dec 22
  • Duration approx. 2 hours 50 mins (incl. 2 intervals)
  • Content warning

    The Jungle and the Sea includes themes of war, trauma, sounds of artillery, the use of haze and loud sound effects.

    Should you wish to speak to a member of staff regarding running times, content warnings or any other show related queries, our box office can be contacted on 02 9699 3444.

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காடும் கடலும்

ගණ වන මුහුද

From the multi-award winning team behind Counting and Cracking comes The Jungle and the Sea.

A mother, in a time of war. Members of her family go missing, one after the other – but she never loses hope. A rich, sweeping new play that combines two great pillars of literature – the Mahābhāratha and Antigone – with the untold histories of the Sri Lankan civil war to forge a new story about surviving loss, discovering love and building a path to justice.

“Counting and Cracking was written in honour of those who tried to halt Sri Lanka’s descent into civil war. The Jungle and the Sea is written in honour of those who survived the war, and the ways they found to uphold their dignity even when everything else was falling down around them.
S. Shakthidharan

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Extraordinary…this dares to dream on an epic scale
The Sydney Morning Herald

TEAM

  • S. Shakthidharan
    Writer & Director
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    Shakthi is a western Sydney storyteller with Sri Lankan heritage and Tamil ancestry. He’s a writer, director and composer of original music. His debut play Counting and Cracking (Belvoir and Co-Curious), received critical, commercial and community acclaim at the 2019 Sydney and Adelaide Festivals. The script won the Victorian Premier’s Literature Prize and the NSW […]

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  • Eamon Flack
    Writer & Director
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    Eamon Flack is the Artistic Director of Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney. He is a director, writer, dramaturg and script developer for stage and screen.  Eamon was born in Singapore and grew up in Singapore, Darwin, Cootamundra and Brisbane. He has a BA (English and History) from the University of Queensland, and trained as an actor […]

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  • Cast

  • Anandavalli
    Gowrie
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    Anandavalli has achieved world acclaim as a dancer throughout her celebrated international career spanning 45 years. She has been taught and nurtured by the foremost Gurus in the field of Bharatha Natyam and Kuchipudi.Migrating to Australia she founded the Lingalayam Dance Academy in 1987 and the company in 1996. Her opus includes an impressive repertoire […]

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  • Indu Balachandran
    Musician (Veena)
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    Indu Balachandran is a Sydney-based musician and cultural producer. She has learnt veena from her mother Malathi Nagarajan, and her grandmother Smt. Bhagirathi Narasimhan. Indu has also trained in vocal music.  Indu is particularly interested in creating work that speaks to place. Most recently, she co-directed and performed in Bhoomi: Our Country for the Sydney Festival […]

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  • Prakash Belawadi
    Siva, Fr Joseph & others
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    Prakash is an Indian theater, film, television and media personality, teacher, activist and journalist from Bengaluru, Karnataka. Born into a family of theatre and cinema artistes, Belawadi obtained a degree in mechanical engineering from University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering in 1983, but has devoted the most part of his years to the stage, cinema, journalism […]

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  • Emma Harvie
    Lakshmi & others
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    Emma is a graduate from the Actors Centre Australia and has studied at The Atlantic Acting School in New York. She is a proud Equity member. Theatre credits include: Counting and Cracking (Belvoir UK Tour), My Brilliant Career (Belvoir), The Wolves (Belvoir), Dance Nation (STCSA/Belvoir), The Astral Plane (Belvoir 25A), 44 Sex Acts in One Week (Clubhouse Productions), Wherever She Wanders (Griffin Theatre Company), The Last Wife (Ensemble Theatre), Wrath (KXT/JackRabbit), A Cheery Soul (Sydney […]

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  • Nadie Kammallaweera
    Madhu & Devla
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    Nadie appeared in Belvoir’s critically acclaimed production of Counting and Cracking in 2019. In 2021, Nadie appeared in another Belvoir production, The Cherry Orchard, directed by Eamon Flack. Other theatre credits include Kalumali (Stages Theatre Group, Colombo), House of Bernada Alba (directed by Priyantha Sirikumara), Blood Wedding (directed by Kaushalya Fernando), Snow White and the […]

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  • Arjunan Puveendran
    Musician (Mridangam & Vocals)
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    Arjunan’s work focuses on the intersection of music, dance, rhythm and dialogue. As a vocalist, percussionist and speaker, he has presented various arts projects in Sydney with collaborator Indu Balachandran including: Atma: Music and Movement (2017), Bhakti: Art and Devotion (2018), Bhoomi: Woman and Earth (2019) and Re-imagining Dance: Brown Bodies on the Global Stage (2020). He also featured in the multi-award-winning play Counting […]

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  • Jacob Rajan
    Kishan & others
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    Jacob was born in Malaysia. His parents are from Kerala in Southern India. He has a B.Sc. in Microbiology; a Primary School Teaching diploma and he became the first Indian actor to graduate from Toi Whakaari: The NZ Drama School.  Soon after graduation Jacob co-founded the Indian Ink Theatre Company with director, Justin Lewis. Jacob […]

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  • Kalieaswari Srinivasan
    Abi
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    Kalieaswari Srinivasan’s stage credits include Une pierre de patience, directed by Clara Bauer, at last year’s Les Francophonies Festival, Limoges; Counting and Cracking with Belvoir at the 2019 Adelaide Festival; The Prisoner, directed by Peter Brook and Marie Helene Estienne, at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris, and on tour in Europe and the […]

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  • Kaivalya Suvarna
    Cover
  • Rajan Velu
    Himal & others
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    Rajan Velu is a graduate of Actors Centre Australia and has worked extensively across Theatre, Television, and Film in Australia and the United States. Rajan’s theatre credits include Counting and Cracking (Belvoir), Life of Galileo (Belvoir), Norm and Ahmed (Australian Theatre Live), The Last Highway (Urban Theatre Projects), The Drum (Sydney Opera House), Friends in […]

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  • Biman Wimalaratne
    Ahilan & others
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    Biman Kasun Wimaratne is an actor, performance coach, and a political activist involved in the Peoples Protest in Sri Lanka – for an inclusive and accountable society. A versatile actor, Biman has starred in shows such as ‘The Pillowman’ (dark comedy) and the ‘12 Angry Men’ (drama). Loves getting on stage for some standup comedy. […]

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  • Creatives

  • Anandavalli
    Choreographer & Cultural Advisor
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    Anandavalli has achieved world acclaim as a dancer throughout her celebrated international career spanning 45 years. She has been taught and nurtured by the foremost Gurus in the field of Bharatha Natyam and Kuchipudi.Migrating to Australia she founded the Lingalayam Dance Academy in 1987 and the company in 1996. Her opus includes an impressive repertoire […]

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  • Dale Ferguson
    Set & Costume Designer
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    Dale has designed many Belvoir productions including Sami in Paradise, The Blind Giant is Dancing, Radiance, Brothers Wreck, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Neighbourhood Watch, The Seagull, Measure for Measure, The Power of Yes, Antigone, Exit the King, Peribanez, and The Judas Kiss (Toronto, West End and Brooklyn Academy of Music). Dale’s other credits include […]

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  • Veronique Benett
    Lighting Designer
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    Veronique is a lighting, set and costume designer.  In 2019, Veronique completed a Master of Fine Art (Design for Performance) majoring in lighting. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (Technical Theatre and Stage Management) from NIDA. As a lighting designer, Veronique’s credits include: Wolves (Belvoir); Burn Witch Burn (Old Fitz); Happy Days (Red […]

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  • Arjunan Puveendran
    Composer
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    Arjunan’s work focuses on the intersection of music, dance, rhythm and dialogue. As a vocalist, percussionist and speaker, he has presented various arts projects in Sydney with collaborator Indu Balachandran including: Atma: Music and Movement (2017), Bhakti: Art and Devotion (2018), Bhoomi: Woman and Earth (2019) and Re-imagining Dance: Brown Bodies on the Global Stage (2020). He also featured in the multi-award-winning play Counting […]

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  • Steve Francis
    Sound Designer
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    Steve has worked extensively in theatre, dance and screen. His Belvoir credits include Cursed!, My Brilliant Career, Packer & Sons, Things I Know To Be True, Winyanboga Yurringa, Every Brilliant Thing, The Sugar House, The Book of Everything, The Power of Yes, Ruben Guthrie, Baghdad Wedding, and Capricornia. His other theatre credits include The Children, […]

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  • Alan John
    Musical Supervisor
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    Alan is one of Australia’s most prolific composers for theatre, opera, television and film. Theatre credits include Packer And Sons, Things I Know To Be True, Twelth Night, Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll, Stuff Happens, Once In Royal David’s City, The Judas Kiss (Belvoir); A German Life (Adelaide Festival), I’m Not Running(National Theatre London); That […]

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  • Tim Dashwood
    Fight Director
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    Belvoir: The Life of Galileo. Other Theatre: Sydney Theatre Company:Julius Caesar, Death of a Salesman, No Pay? No Way!, Lord of the Flies. Opera Australia: Whiteley, West Side Story on Sydney Harbour, Krol Roger, Faust. shake & stir theatre co.: Fantastic Mr Fox, Jane Eyre, George’s Marvellous Medicine. New Theatre: The Removalists. Outhouse Theatre Co: […]

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  • Nigel Poulton
    Fight Director
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    Nigel is an award-winning fight, movement, and intimacy director, SAG-AFTRA stunt performer and actor with over 17 years of national and international experience. Stage work includes: Stop Girl, Cursed!, Packer and Sons, Things I Know To Be True, Counting and Cracking, The Dance of Death, Sami in Paradise, The Sugar House, A Taste of Honey, Scorched(Belvoir); Prize Fighter (Belvoir/La Boite); Hamlet, Much […]

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  • Laura Farrell
    Vocal & Accent Coach
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    Laura Farrell (she/her) is a Voice and Dialect Coach living and working on Gadigal land. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Voice from NIDA; a Post Graduate Diploma in Voice from the Victorian College of the Arts; and a Bachelor of Music Theatre from the Victorian College of the Arts. A current lecturer […]

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  • Amy Hume
    Vocal Coach
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    Amy Hume is a voice and dialect coach for theatre and screen, and Lecturer in Voice at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Recent theatre credits include Fangirls, Counting & Cracking, Sami in Paradise (Belvoir), The Sound Inside, Fun Home, Cyrano (Melbourne Theatre Company), An American in Paris (Australian Ballet and GBS), Six the Musical […]

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  • Keerthi Subramanyam
    Design Associate
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    Keerthi is a Sydney based set and costume designer for live performance and film. Keerthi is a National Institute of Dramatic Art, BFA (Design for Performance, 2019) graduate, and a member of the Australian Production Design Guild. Keerthi has designed set and costumes for Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner, Chewing Gum […]

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  • Nithya Nagarajan
    Assistant Director
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    Nithya Nagarajan is a contemporary performance maker and curator working across Australia and the Asia Pacific with an award-winning PhD in Performance Studies. She has 12 years’ experience in programming, creative producing, international engagement and transformative justice in the arts. She currently serves as co-Artistic Director at Arts House, forms 1/4th of artist collective H_ME W_WRK […]

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  • Sujan Selven
    Community Engagement Coordinator
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    Sujan Selven is a social entrepreneur aiming to create businesses that make money but also have some element of driving social good to them as well. He started Space Group with his brother which focuses on telecommunication builds, electrical services and civil construction. He went on to co-found Upcycled Tech which has a goal of lifting the North Eastern part of […]

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  • Thinesh Thillai
    Audience Development Coordinator
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    Thinesh Thillainadarajah is an Eelam Tamil Queer creative hailing from Toronto, Canada. Whilst his formal training was in law, sound design and music production, his creative interests have been multi-faceted. His ideas around community, multiculturalism and identity were heavily influenced by his upbringing in Toronto. Accordingly, his creative pursuits all involve exploring what it means […]

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  • Luke McGettigan
    Stage Manager
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    Luke is Belvoir’s Resident Stage Manager. For Belvoir, he has stage managed The Jungle and the Sea, Tell Me I’m Here, Opening Night, The Boomkak Panto, Stop Girl, My Brilliant Career, A Room of One’s Own, Packer & Sons, Things I Know To Be True, Counting and Cracking, The Dance of Death, A Taste of […]

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  • Ayah Tayeh
    Deputy Stage Manager
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    Born on Wurundjeri land and currently working on Gadigal land, Ayah is a stage manager with a passion for new work and diverse storytelling. Her Belvoir credits include: The Boomkak Panto (2021), A Room of One’s Own (2021) and My Brilliant Career (2020). Other credits include: 7 Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), […]

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  • Nitya Ganesh
    Assistant Stage Manager
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    Nitya is a freelance stage manager and recent graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Art’s Stage Management course. During her time at WAAPA, she fulfilled stage and production management roles on a wide range of acting, music theatre and dance performances. Nitya’s recent professional credits include working as the Stage Manager for ‘107’ […]

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  • Tom Rogers
    Assistant Stage Manager
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    Tom Rogers (he/they) is a Sydney-based freelance Stage Manager and Theatre Practitioner, with a passion for musical theatre. In 2020 they worked as the Head of Staging at Concourse Theatre, Chatswood. Managing large-scale productions including, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Les Misérables, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Opera, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Bluey’s Big Play National Tour […]

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AWARDS & ACCOLADES

2022
SYDNEY THEATRE AWARD – BEST MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION
Belvoir / Lingalayam Dance Company
2022
SYDNEY THEATRE AWARD – BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK
S. Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack – Belvoir / Lingalayam Dance Company
2022
SYDNEY THEATRE AWARD – BEST ENSEMBLE
Belvoir / Lingalayam Dance Company
2022
SYDNEY THEATRE AWARD – BEST ORIGINAL SCORE OF A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION
Arjunan Puveendran – Belvoir / Lingalayam Dance Company

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    TERM 4

    Recommended for Years 10 – 12

    Curriculum Links

    • HSC Drama Individual Project
    • HSC English Language Identity and Culture
    • HSC English (Advanced) Textual Conversations
    • HSC English (EAL) Texts and Human Experiences
    • HSC English Extension 1 Literary homelands

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