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Age: 15+

Running time: 80 mins (no interval) plus post-show Q&A

Content advice: The show deals with the subjects of migration, addiction and violence

Seating: Unallocated - Theatre Style

This performance will be BSL interpreted.

An ARC Stockton production
Written and directed by Umar Butt 

After being placed in grave danger, Tamanna has fled from her family home in Pakistan, travelled illegally across continents, spent time in the Calais Jungle, and has ended up here.

Charlie has been at a nightclub, dancing and drinking, looking for her own kind of refuge from the weight of caring for her terminally ill mum.

As Charlie emerges from the club into the night air, she sees a figure standing on the edge of a nearby bridge, and is compelled to run to them.

This is the moment Charlie’s and Tamanna’s lives entwine. As these strangers meet at a pivotal moment in both their lives, are they able to accept each other, share their truths with one another, is this a chance meeting, or fate?

Welcome to the Jungle is the epic, intensely personal tale of how two strangers came to meet each other in the middle of the night, on an empty bridge.

It explores vital, contemporary issues around identity, migration, belonging, family and community. It seeks to help neighbours understand each other better – their experiences, their points of view, their hopes and their values. A story which helps us all find connection with each other, and celebrate our differences.

Welcome to the Jungle deals with serious, complex, global and intimate issues – but is fun, filled with beautiful music, dance, and like all of Umar Butt’s work, is full of heart and humanity.

Content advice: The show deals with the subjects of migration, addiction and violence.

Post-show Q&A: Following the performance of Welcome to the Jungle, there will be a Q&A with writer & director Umar Butt, the cast of the show, and ARC’s Chief Executive and Creative Director, Alexander Ferris.

“The process of writing this play was hard because it deals with themes that I find uncomfortably close to who I am, where I come from, and what I want in life. However, I didn’t just want to write about my experience of immigration and addiction, because I know what that is/was. I felt that if I went down that road, then I’m not leaving any room for other people’s experiences, directly or indirectly, and it is always important for me to make space for people to talk about and share their stories.
I spoke to many people from migrant communities, homeless people and people with addiction, throughout the country, but especially from the Tees Valley.”

– Umar Butt, Writer/Director



Writer/Director Umar Butt
Assistant Director Jameela Khan
Music Composer Seweryna Dudzinska
Animation Adam York Gregory


Umar Butt
Anisa Butt
Liz Simmons
Alberto Dumba
Juho Hankela

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  • Theatre: Seating Accessibility Information

    Seat size

    In our theatre the seats are 38cm (15″) wide and 44.5cm (17½”) deep. The seats are 44cm (171/3”) from the floor, and have an 8cm (3”) gap between seats.


    Seats have armrests on either side of the seat which cannot be removed completely. Seats on rows A, C and D have armrests which can be folded away and slot between the seat backs. On all other rows armrests are fixed and cannot be folded or removed.


    There is 30cm (112/3“) of legroom in front of each seat, with additional legroom in rows D and L, and in Box 1 and Box 2.

    Further information

    If you have any questions about accessibility our Box Office team are always happy to help and can be contacted on 01642 525199 or by emailing [email protected] - you can also tell us about your access requirements when prompted to do so during the online booking process.