Creating A Jungle
By Open Air Theatre
Rehearsals for our epic adventure, Running Wild, have now moved to the Open Air Theatre stage – and the venue has never looked so beautiful.
When approached about having Running Wild adapted for the stage, writer Michael Morpurgo questioned “how do you create the jungle? How do you create a landscape like that in a theatre?”
Designer Paul Wills has stepped up to the challenge. Bringing flavours of Indonesia to Regent’s Park, walkways of bamboo are complimented by towering bamboo canes to create a jungle environment within our tree-lined stage, and a triple revolve is decked with intricately cut designs in different hues of wood. Inhabited by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié’s life-size puppetry of orang-utans, tiger and elephant, this richly textured and visually stunning design will transport audiences to the heart of the Sumatran jungle.
Michael Morpurgo went on to say “What’s wonderful is that it is a bit of the jungle…it’s the perfect place in London, the only place in London that it could be put on. I’m thrilled to bits”.
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