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Running Wild

  • Venue: Quarry Theatre
  • Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Age: 6+
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By Michael Morpurgo

The Children’s Touring Partnership Present

In an adaptation by Samuel Adamson
Originally produced by Chichester Festival Theatre and Regent’s Park Theatre

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.

Cast & Credits

Dale Rooks and Timothy Sheader Directors / Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié Puppetry and Design / Writer Michael Morpurgo / Adaptor Samuel Adamson / Designer Andrew D Edwards / Movement Lizzi Gee / Music Rod Paton /

Children's Touring Partnership


“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

“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

“A brilliant, life-affirming show.”

- Radio Times

Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A Signed performance is the usual full production with the addition of a British Sign Language Interpreter who stands on the stage interpreting the show for Deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

A relaxed performance with adaptations to technical aspects of the show, flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. In our front of house space we will have a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage, and additional staff and volunteers trained to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £1.95 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


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