Running Wild (2016)
Book by Michael Murpurgo, Adaptation by Samuel Adamson
The largest scale production ever presented at the Open Air Theatre, this stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's book featured a cast of 40, many of whom were drawn from local schools to form the Young People's Ensemble, a chorus who created the movement and sounds of the jungle. Directed by Timothy Sheader and original Chichester director Dale Rooks, it was considered 'a brilliant, life-affirming show' (Radio Times). Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié, both previous Associate Puppetry Directors on War Horse, designed life-sized puppets, including a full scale elephant, and a buffoonery of orang-utans. This riotous jungle adventure entertained audiences of all ages, and highlighted environmental issues and the plight of endangered species. In 2016/17 The Children's Touring Partnership launched a UK tour of Running Wild.