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Details'Mum and Dad would have loved this. Except... I'm here with you, Oona. Because... you're who I need now. As long as I'm with you, I'm OK. Maybe one day you'll carry me out of this jungle like you carried me in.'
Following the tragic death of his father, everyone is keen to help young Will. When his grandmother suggests an Indonesian holiday it's a dream opportunity to encounter the elephants he adores and learn about his own heritage. No-one could foresee the world-changing events of Boxing Day 2004. Or the remarkable elephant who would carry Will deep into the jungle after the Tsunami. But before he can allow the orangutans, monkeys, snakes and other animals to heal his wounds, he has to escape the hunters and their terrifying boss, the evil palm oil king, Mr Anthony. This thrilling and touching tale of healing and the power of nature is set in the magnificent landscape of Cass Sculpture Foundation, against the backdrop of monumental sculptures and dramatic settings.Performers Toby Olie (puppetry design and director for Gyre & Gimble), Jemima Bennett (Lilly - some dates), India Brown (Lilly - some dates), Annika Whiston (Lilly - some dates), Kazeem Toisin Amore (Dad/Red Bandana), Liz Crowther (Grandma), Stephen Hoo (Mahout/Kaya), Corinna Powlesland (Dr Geraldine), Jack Sandle (Mr Anthony), Balvinder Sopal (Mum), Darcy Collins (Frank the baby Orangutan), Romina Hytten (puppeteer - Orangutan Mani's Head), Red Davis (puppeteer - Mani's Body), Elisa de Grey (puppeteer for Oona the elephant's trunk), James Charlton (Oona the elephant's head), Michael Peters (Oona the elephant's heart), Wela Mbusi (Oona the elephant's hind), Gareth Aled (alternate puppeteer), Scarlet Wilderink (alternate puppeteer).
Book by Michael Morpurgo. Producer Children's Touring Partnership. Adapted by Samuel Adamson. Director Dale Rooks. Director Timothy Sheader. Design Paul Wills. Costume Paul Wills. Design Finn Caldwell (puppetry design and director for Gyre & Gimble). Sound Nick Sagar. Director Georgina Lamb (movement director). Music Rod Paton (original songs and composition). Music Nick Powell. Music Louise Anna Duggan. Sound Nick Powell. Lighting Paul Anderson. Director Polly Jerrold (casting director).
Jean Palastanga (08Apr17): My 9 year old grandson wouldn't stop applauding at the end. He was totally overcome with emotion and just kept telling me and everyone else how totally amazing this play was. I absolutely agree with him and highly recommend it. Thank you.
Kate Smith (19Mar17): Stunning performance from the incredible Annika Whiston. Amazing puppetry, props and scenery. So glad I watched it.
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