Running Wild at the King’s Theatre Edinburgh Review


Reviewed by Emily Crombie

My son and I were blown away last night at the opening night of Running Wild at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh.

Written by Michael Morpurgo and adapted to the stage by Samuel Adamson Running Wild was commissioned originally by Chichester Festival Theatre. This tour is produced by Edward Snape and Kathy Bourne for The Children’s Touring Partnership.

Lilly and her mother take a trip back to her mother’s homeland of Indonesia after her father was killed by a landmine in Iraq. It is set in 2004 and Lilly is experiencing an elephant ride on-board Oona when the Tsunami hits and Oona runs to the safety of the jungle with Lilly on board. Lilly’s adventure in the jungle hits on many different topic and created lots of discussion after the show… deforestation, palm oil, poaching, trophy hunting, Iraq war and tsunami – a lot to cover in an hour and a half!

Lilly played by India Brown was superb and gave a remarkable performance, my son could not believe she was only 11 years old and was on stage for whole show.

The puppetry of the animals was spellbinding, their mannerisms and movement were so lifelike. The way Oona moved her trunk and her ears made you forget she wasn’t a real elephant. The orangutans and tiger were also so realistic yet the puppeteers were not hidden, their skill embellished the story, further enthralling the audience.

The King’s Theatre is on Leven Street in the Bruntsfield area of Edinburgh. The traditional theatre which opened in 1906, seats the audience over three level. We were seated towards the back of the dress circle but the visibility was excellent although as expected in a theatre of this style, the leg room was limited.

Running Wild is highly recommended for all those age 8 plus and is playing at the King’s Theatre until Saturday.

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost from £15 to £30.50 (booking fees may apply).

Running Wild is at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh from 2-6 May 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.

King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ | 0131 529 6000

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