Running Wild – Theatre

Brand new theatre show which has just begun it’s UK tour looks amazing… and I can’t wait to see it!

Michael Morpurgo’s novel, Running Wild, 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…

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Tiger (with Darcy Collins, Corinna Powlesland and Stephen Hoo)_credit Dan Tsantilis

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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.

The puppeteers will be Darcy Collins (Frank, the baby orangutan), Romina Hytten (orangutan Mani Head), Fred Davis (Mani Body), Elisa de Grey (elephant Oona Trunk), James Charlton (Oona Head), Michael Peters (Oona Heart), and Wela Mbusi (Oona Hind), with Gareth Aled and Scarlet Wilderink as alternate puppeteers.

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.

This looks like a beautiful, heartwarming show that my children would love.

For more information, visit www.runningwildlive.co.uk.

LISTINGS INFORMATION FOR THE UK TOUR

www.hackneyempire.co.uk 020 8985 2424

4 – 8 April Grand Theatre, Blackpool

www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk 01253 290190

11 – 15 April West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

www.wyp.org.uk 0113 213 7700

18 – 22 April The Lowry, Salford

www.thelowry.com 0843 208 6000

25 – 29 April Theatre Royal, Norwich

www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk 01603 630000

2 – 6 May Kings Theatre, Edinburgh www.edtheatres.com/kings 0131 529 6000

9 – 13 May Newcastle Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.co.uk 0844 811 2121

16 – 20 May Theatre Royal Plymouth

www.theatreroyal.com 01752 267 222

23 – 27 May Royal & Derngate, Northampton

www.royalandderngate.co.uk 01604 624811   

31 May – 3 June The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

www.marlowetheatre.com 01227 787787

6 – 10 June Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

www.grandtheatre.co.uk 01902 429 212

Age guidance: 6+

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  1. Looks incredible!

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