Just So



Inspired by the stories of RUDYARD KIPLING

Set to an eclectic, upbeat score, Kipling’s famous tales are woven with wit and imagination into a song-filled journey through the jungle

5-9 MARCH 2024

Five of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories come together into a wondrous tale of personal courage, individuality and friendship. Set to an eclectic, upbeat score, Kipling’s famous tales are woven with wit and imagination into a song-filled journey through the jungle.

Join us on this journey with the young, effervescent and inquisitive Elephant’s Child and the sassy, sarcastic and flightless Kolokolo Bird as they set out to save their friends and family from the wicked Pau Amma who is threatening their homeland.

On our journey through this magical tale, we’ll meet a wide array of fun loving characters, from a Kangaroo who is shocked to see the rate at which his legs have grown, to a Parsee Man who lives seemingly alone with his seemingly inanimate stove…

Let the Eldest Magician take you on this wondrous tale through lush jungles, dusty savannahs and the ever looming great, grey and greasy Limpopo River in Just So this March.

Just So plays at the Bridewell Theatre from 5-9 March 2024.

Music by George Stiles
Lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Inspired by the stories of Rudyard Kipling
Orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke
Associate orchestrator John Clancy
Originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International. All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


KOLOKOLO BIRD | Kate Gledhill
PARSEE MAN | Freddie Tibbs
COOKING STOVE | Thomas Outhwaite
RHINO | Will Hunkin
ZEBRA | Eleanor Leaper
GIRAFFE | Ellie McWilliam
JAGUAR | Thomas Riggs
LEOPARD | James Davies
KANGAROO | Jac Norris
DINGO DOG | Heather Daniel
CROCODILE | Will Hunkin


Isabella Farrell, Lissy Foyle, Natasha Jeffrey, Ella Josey, Connie McFarlane, Emma Miller, Eilish Mulvihill, Katy Robinson, François Vanhoutte and Sophie Wheale


DIRECTOR | Glen Jordan
PRODUCER | Jon Haines

I don’t speak any ancient languages, but in my mind, the word Sedos doesn’t stand for the Stock Exchange Dramatic and Operatic Society but is, in fact, the Greek word for ‘Really Delivers’ because that’s what they have done once again. I really loved this production of Just So from start to finish… Was there anything about the show I didn’t like, or thought could be improved? Well, no. The show worked on every level and hearing one of the few pieces of poetry I like “If” being put to music was really the icing on the cake. Another superb production and a fabulous night out brought to you by this most unamateur of Amdram companies.

I never fail to note the strong ensemble work of Sedos’ shows and this is no exception. There isn’t a single weak link in the cast… The production is also blessed with some simple but clever design work… Whilst some critics delight in subtracting stars for their personal reservations with ‘books’, I prefer to concentrate on the quality of, in this case, a highly inventive, charming and polished revival of an unusual British musical.

Overall Just So was another Sedos success, an incredibly strong cast combined with a well executed creative vision ensured that I left the theatre grinning from ear to ear.

Bridewell Theatre

From £14

Gala night on Friday 8 March: ticket price includes a free glass of fizz and programme

  • Tuesday 5 March 2024 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 6 March 2024 7.30pm
  • Thursday 7 March 2024 7.30pm
  • Friday 8 March 2024 7.30pm
  • Saturday 9 March 2024 2.30pm
  • Saturday 9 March 2024 7.30pm