Rona Munro's The Indian Boy is a play about the discovery of a ‘wild child’ in a forest and society’s attempts to understand and control him. It was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, with the brief that it should be loosely inspired by Shakespeare; Munro chose to re-imagine the life of the ‘Indian boy’ who is the main cause of the rift between the fairies Oeron and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The play was first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at The Cube, a temporary space erected in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, on 7 November 2006.
The play begins in a wooded glade at the edge of a building site, where a fifteen-year-old ‘wild’ boy is discovered by a team of builders. Peter, the property developer, wants the boy out of the way. He sends him straight to the hospital, where psychologist Julian tries to protect him. Julian’s wife, June, is desperate to understand him whilst their daughter, Sara, just wants to be close to him. Meanwhile, something wilder than the boy seems intent on escaping from the forest.
The Royal Shakespeare Company production was directed by Rebecca Gatward and designed by Liz Cooke. It was performed by Holly Aird, Claire Catchart, Christopher Fulford, Ryan Gage, David Kennedy, Ashely Madekwe, Colin Salmon, Rhik Samadder and Roderick Smith.