Bootham School is putting on ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’, by Michael Morpugo, adapted for the stage by Stuart Paterson. Performances take place on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th March at the Bootham Theatre 7:30pm start. The play tells the story of Michael and his parents as they embark on the trip of a lifetime with an around the world voyage on the yacht the Peggy-Sue, but Michael’s sea adventure ends when he falls overboard. Finding himself washed up on a desert island, his adventure continues with a family of orang-utans and a surprising friendship with Kensuke, King of the island.
The cast of seven actors includes student Marianna Cox (Year 7) in one of the lead roles, and the creative team comprises Year 9 students, Robert Hall and Liam Langedjik with Nicole Langedjik as stage manager. Bootham’s Resident Dramaturge, Rhiannon Jackson said, “This production has focused on the telling the story of the adventure and creating the animal characters on stage. We have worked with the design elements of the ship at sea and a Pacific island to create the imaginative set.”