Cast announced for Morpurgo’s jungle adventure

The full cast for the first UK tour of Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo has been announced.

The lead role of Lilly will be shared by three young actresses, Jemima Bennett, India Brown and Annika Whiston. Dad/Red Bandana will be played by Kazeem Toisin Amore, Grandma by Liz Crowther, Mahout/Kaya by Stephen Hoo, Dr Geraldine by Corinna Powlesland, Mr Anthony by Jack Sandle and Mum by Balvinder Sopal.

Animal characters are portrayed using skilled puppeteers and life-sized puppets (pictured).

Running Wild tells the adventures of Lilly, who, while on holiday with her mother in Indonesia, takes an elephant ride. During the ride, Oona the elephant suddenly becomes anxious and runs from the beach deep into the jungle.

The adaptation by Samuel Adamson begins at Chichester Festival Theatre on February 10.