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URSULA, QUEEN of the JUNGLE – the play

By Chris Eldon Lee

A Love Lee Premiere Production

URSULA, QUEEN of the JUNGLE – the play

Now available to view online - see below

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

This play is the breath-takingly unlikely story of the eccentric aunt of the BBC’s former India correspondent Mark Tully who lived amongst the head-hunting Naga natives of North East India.

23-year-old Ursula was a Kensington debutante who went out East to do a little anthropology just before the war but ended up organising the Nagas to ward off the threat of a Japanese invasion of 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’.

Ursula had a wonderful way with words and a naturally naughty wit, which is preserved in this funny, poignant and indignant adaptation.

The play was performed in Shrewsbury, Edinburgh and the Indian Jungle.

Video production by MicroVideo Shrewsbury

Actor Joanna Purslow

Script and Direction Chris Eldon Lee

Additional Research the late John Horsley Denton

Movement Maggie Love

Music Mary Keith and Sally Tonge

Projection Andy McKeown with Bill McCabe