Photo Credit: Marcos Bevilacqua

Running Wild in Rehearsal

Posted on 6 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 production come to life. Based on a true story penned by Michael Morpurgo, Running Wild tells the emotional and moving story of love, loss, loyalty and of living for the moment.

The animals within the production are puppets, with puppetry design and direction by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié, both previous Associate Puppetry Directors on War Horse.

Here you can see some of the fantastic sketches of the puppet designs!


From sketches to reality, look at the puppets in action in rehearsal! These spectacular creatures are surprisingly realistic, oozing charm and familiar animal mannerisms.


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.

Tickets are available now. Book now by calling the theatre’s friendly box office team on 024 7655 3055 or book online for even cheaper tickets at

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

Photo Credit: Marcos Bevilacqua

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