Ursula, Queen Of The Jungle at The Wightman Theatre - 3rd to 5th May

“I seem to have started out on an almighty Girls Own Adventure…with monumental consequences”

Chris Eldon Lee’s new play Ursula, Queen Of The Jungle, is the breathtakingly unlikely story of former BBC India correspondent Mark Tully’s eccentric aunt who lived amongst the head-hunting Naga natives of north east India. It will premiere at the Wightman Theatre in Shrewsbury from 03 to 06 May, prior to its production at the Edinburgh Festival in August. 

23-year-old Ursula Graham Bower was a Kensington debutante who went out East to do a little anthropology but ended up organising the Nagas to ward off the threat of a Japan invading India. Thus, she became the only combatant female officer in the British Army. This was not the ‘done thing’ of course, so she’s been lost in army records ever since as a typist. And so the legend of the ‘Naga Queen’ was born – a legend which became a strip cartoon in Girl Magazine.

This one-woman show as performed by Joanna Purslow (Shakespeare’s Will), with music by Mary Keith and projections by Andy McKeown, is a funny, poignant and indignant adaptation, which preserves Ursula’s wonderful way with words and her naturally naughty wit.

Tickets for Ursula Queen Of The Jungle, which includes a matinee showing on Saturday 06 May at 3pm are £15 and available to book online at www.wegottickets.com or www.thewightman.co.uk or in person at Shropshire Trophy Centre, 6 Milk Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1SZ.

Picture: Joanna Purslow as Ursula Graham Bower.

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