Off on the adventure of a lifetime, Michael, his parents and their faithful dog Stella set sail around the world. Then the night before his twelfth birthday, disaster strikes. Washed overboard, Michael finds himself stranded on an island in the Pacific. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone…
Kensuke’s Kingdom is a delightful children’s classic by former Children’s Laureate, Sir Michael Morpurgo OBE! Celebrated as the creator of War Horse he has written more than one hundred books and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Children’s Book Award and has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal four times.
Join Michael, Stella, a buffoonery of orangutans and Japanese war survivor Kensuke on their fight to protect the Kingdom. With enchanting storytelling, puppetry and original music this production is sure to win over your children’s hearts and captivate the whole family’s imagination!
Our theatrical adaptation of Kensuke's Kingdom played at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 as part of the Pleasance programme. Have a look below for images from the show as well as some of our audience feedback!
Voice of Grandmother
Kensuke / Michiya
Director and Puppet Designer
Set and Lighting Designer
GABRIELLE MOLETA and
MAGGIE ANN BAIN
A huge thank you to Little Angel Theatre for their beautiful puppets who modelled for our Graphic Design.
WildChild acknowledges the influence and inspiration of Gyre & Gimble’s orangutan puppets (as seen in the production of Michael Morpurgo’s “Running Wild” at Chichester Festival Theatre, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and on tour) during the design and creation of the orangutan puppets for this production of Kensuke’s Kingdom!
BEST OF EDINBURGH 2018
BEST KIDS SHOWS IN EDINBURGH
"By the last two scenes you're reaching for the tissues."
"An enthralling tale of adventure, loss, family and friendship ....crammed into an action-packed play."
'The BEST show at the fringe'
Our production of Kensuke's Kingdom was developed with the support of The Old Vic. Have a look at the photos from that workshop above!