A Carole Shorenstein Hays and Sonia Friedman Productions with Tom Kirdahy present the Good Chance Theatre, National Theatre and Young Vic production of The Jungle.

The Jungle made it’s West Coast premiere at San Francisco’s The Curran theatre from March 26 until May 19 2019.

An urgent story for our time; a once in a lifetime theatrical event. Following widely-acclaimed, sensation stirring, and completely sold-out engagements in London and New York, the new play The Jungle had it’s West Coast premiere in the Spring of 2019.

“By putting such a heartbreakingly human face on a story too often told through statistics, THE JUNGLE manages to provide us with both an incredible evening of theater and a moral imperative for our times. Let the dialogue begin, Bay Area.”
— Carol Shorenstein Hays


As part of Good Chance’s efforts around the show to involve local communities, engage local artists and inspire young people, we developed a mural project alongside the Curran.

We worked alongside a violence prevention and youth development organisation ‘United Playaz’ to develop a design based as a response to The Jungle which will then be painted on a temporary wall outside of the Curran.

The youth groups participated in several workshops after seeing The Jungle, discussing themes on home, movement and safety.



It’s a knockout: vibrantly theatrical and pointedly contemporary, it offers a side of the immigrant experience we seldom see.
— Georgia Rowe, SF Examiner
We also see the gallows humor, wry camaraderie, touching generosity, exuberant cultural expression, and love of a good piece of warm naan in the morning.
— Mark B, 48 Hills
The result is a play of major emotional power and political succeeds in summoning empathy, over and over, for the real people who arrived and survived in this camp.
— Jay Barmann, SFist

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audience reviews

Profound. What an incredible roller coaster ride of emotions. We laughed. We cried. We laughed some more. We cried again and again. If you want to know what being a refugee is like, this is a good place to start.
— Prev Dole from San Jose, California
While there aren’t words to describe how I felt about the show, I’m going to do my best. Painful, beautiful, horrifying, amazing. I have never seen anything like it. I have never felt so completely immersed in a story.
— Scott Humphrey from Oakland, California
I will remember this production for a long time. It is staged in a way that conversations bloom out of the chaos of lots of people gathered under one roof in such a natural way, it’s as if we were there in the camp with them, hearing these conversations emerge for the first time.
— Chloe from San Francisco, California