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Oona the elephant makes theatre appearance

Oona the elephant is the star of Running Wild. Photo: ITV News

People in Plymouth did a double take this afternoon when they saw what looked at first like a real, life-size elephant walking the streets.

It was in fact Oona, the star of Running Wild, a theatre production of a Michael Morpurgo book, which starts its run at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth on Tuesday 16 May.

Made of polystyrene and hessian, Oona is operated by four puppeteers who control her every movement.

Running Wild is based on the real life story of a young girl and an elephant who were caught up in the 2004 Tsunami in South East Asia.

Oona is controlled by four puppeteers. Credit: ITV News

What's particularly wonderful is that it is based on fact, I don't know if it's all of Michael Morpurgo's books but certainly a lot of them have a basis in fact and that's certainly true of Running Wild. It's the story of a little girl who was riding on a beach elephant on the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 and the elephant sensed something was going on and bolted with the little girl still on his back.

– Sian Wiggens, Company Stage Manager

The show runs until Saturday 20 May and tickets are still available.