The Children’s Touring Partnership present Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo
Adapted by Samuel Adamson
Director Timothy Sheader and Dale Rooks
Puppetry Design and Direction Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié for Gyre & Gimble
Set and Costume Design Paul Wills
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry Theatre
Press Night Tue 11 April, 7.30pm
Tuesday 11 - Saturday 15 April 2017
Children’s Touring Partnership’s Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo in an adaptation by Samuel Adamson, comes to West Yorkshire Playhouse from Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 April.
Michael Morpurgo’s novel, based on a true story, is brought to life in this award-winning production, which has been described by critics as ‘inspiring’, ‘evocative, ‘imaginative’ and ‘life-affirming’. Originally produced by Regent’s Park Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre, this epic production, complete with spectacular life-size puppets, tells an emotional and moving story of love, loss and loyalty and of living for the moment.
Running Wild is the story is of a girl named Lilly, who, whilst on holiday with her mother in Indonesia, takes an elephant ride. During the ride, Oona, the elephant, suddenly becomes anxious and runs from the beach deep into the jungle. With Lilly on her back, they escape moments before the tsunami hits the island. Miles from civilisation, at first there’s wonder, discovery and tree-top adventures with the orangutans, but, as thoughts turn to her mother left behind on the beach, and wild tigers prowl, and hunger hits, Lilly must now learn to survive the rainforest. And then the hunters come…
Michael Morpurgo, the former children’s laureate and author of War Horse, was inspired by the real-life story of Amber Owen, who was on holiday in Phuket with her mother and stepfather in 2004, when she went on an elephant ride. While riding Ning Nong along the beach, the eight-year-old noticed the elephant was attempting to pull away from the receding sea water. “He ran away and, as the water came in, I was safely on his back. He saved my life.” When he read Amber’s story in the newspaper, Michael Morpurgo said it was the one bit of hope amid the destruction of the Boxing Day tsunami which hit South East Asia. The production will work to support the Born Free Foundation’s global elephant conservation projects.
The lead role of Lilly will be shared by three young actresses, Jemima Bennett, India Brown and Annika Whiston. Dad/Red Bandana will be played by Kazeem Toisin Amore, Grandma by Liz Crowther, Mahout/Kaya by Stephen Hoo, Dr Geraldine by Corinna Powlesland, Mr Anthony by Jack Sandle and Mum will be played by Balvinder Sopal.
Brought to life by talented puppeteers Fred Davis, Elisa de Grey, James Charlton, Darcy Collins, Romina Hytten, Gareth Aled, Scarlet Wilderink and Michael Peters, the puppetry design and direction for Running Wild is by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié for Gyre & Gimble, both previous Associate Puppetry Directors on War Horse.
Originally produced by Regent’s Park Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre when it won a prestigious UK Theatre Award, this epic production, complete with spectacular life-size puppets, tells an emotional and moving story of love, loss and loyalty and of living for the moment.
Age guide 6+.