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Running Wild

Originally produced by Chichester Festival Theatre and Regent's Park Theatre, The Children’s Touring Partnership presents

Running Wild

By Michael Morpurgo In an adaptation by Samuel Adamson

Wednesday 22 - Saturday 25 February 2017

  • Presented at Belgrade Main stage
  • Tickets: Adults: £16 - £17.25 Children: £11 - £12.25

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For Lilly, going to Indonesia isn’t just another holiday with mum. It’s a new start, and the chance to ride an elephant called Oona. But then the tsunami hit.

Charging deep into the jungle, Oona escapes the danger of the beach with her young rider desperately clinging on. Miles from civilisation, at first there’s wonder, discovery and tree-top adventures amongst the orang-utans. But, as thoughts turn to mum left behind on the beach, wild tigers prowl, hunger hits, and Lilly must now learn to survive the rainforest. Then come the hunters.

Michael Morpurgo’s novel, based on a true story, is brought to lush life with extraordinary heart, vibrant colour and exceptional creativity, wowing audiences of all ages and critics alike.

Directed by Timothy Sheader and Dale Rooks with puppetry design and direction by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié, both previous Associate Puppetry Directors on War Horse, this epic and spectacular production tells an emotional and moving story of love, loss, loyalty and of living for the moment.

Age recommendation 6+: parental death, mild peril, poachers’ gunshots
Running time: approx 1hr 50mins, including a 20min interval

Wed 22 Feb 2:00pm
Wed 22 Feb 7:00pm
Thu 23 Feb 2:00pm
Thu 23 Feb 7:00pm
Fri 24 Feb 7:00pm Signed Performance
Sat 25 Feb 2:00pm Audio Described
Sat 25 Feb 7:00pm

AUDACIOUS and IMAGINATIVE, stylishly directed and those puppets are things of never-ending beauty.”

Evening Standard

“A CROWDPLEASER, mainly thanks to INSPIRING and ENERGETIC staging, namely some amazing puppet animals brought to beautifully articulated life.”

Time Out

“Dazzling: the sung music effects of the sea from the chorus and the patter of rain, the huge blue material that represented the tsunami and enveloped the audience at one point took my breath away”

Radio Times

“A WINNER. The puppetry is exquisite, with full-sized animals manipulated so they seem to breathe with life. The magic really hits you.”

Daily Telegraph

“Remarkable by its inventive evocative staging.”

The Times

Elephant spotted Running Wild in Coventry city centre

Posted by Rosie Mackie on 5th January 2017

Shoppers in Coventry city centre may have spotted an elephant wondering the streets yesterday in promotion of Running Wild, a new stage production coming to the ... Read more

Photo Credit: Marcos Bevilacqua

Running Wild in Rehearsal

Posted by Shaista Hussain on 6th February 2017

Oona the Elephant recently visited us in Coventry, and now she’s getting ready with her team to star in Running Wild! We are so excited to see this mesmerising... Read more

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