Running Wild @ West Yorkshire Playhouse


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Bringing Michael Morpurgo’s story to life, The Children’s Touring Partnership bring Running Wild to the West Yorkshire Playhouse from the 11th-15th of April.

Based on a true story, Running Wild follows Lilly, a young girl on holiday in Indonesia. By a stroke of luck, when the tsunami hits, Lilly is riding an elephant who has noticed something is afoot. Alongside her elephantine friend, Oona, this little girl finds herself miles from civilisation, but safe amongst a host of new jungle-dwelling friends. Yet, the adventure shifts when Lilly is hungry, separated from her mum, and the jungle paradise teems with predators and hunters.

Following the international phenomenon of Morpurgo’s War Horse, this production similarly promises expert puppetry, bringing full-sized animals to life on stage. With puppetry design and direction by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié, who both previously directed puppetry for War Horse, this award-winning production offers everything that made its predecessor such a smash. Playful puppetry promises to enact the deep bond between human and animal.

This new adaptation by Samuel Adamson embarks on a UK tour, after critics described it as ‘inspiring’, ‘evocative’, ‘imaginative’ and ‘life-affirming.’

With a cast of all ages, Running Wild invites excitement and inspires awe from children, adults and critics alike. Under direction from Timothy Sheader and Dale Rooks, the characters adventure through the treetops, amongst the orang-utans, to a world far outside the theatre. 

This unforgettable production mingles colourful creativity with a moving story of love and loss. Catch it at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in April, or on its UK tour. For full dates and details, see