Running On The Cracks (2013)

Pilot Theatre in a co-production with Tron Theatre Company

Run. Keep running. You’re doing the right thing. Lay low. Head down.

Don’t look back. Just keep running.

And whatever you do, don’t tread on the cracks.

Leonora Watts-Chan, Leo to her friends, world has been turned upside down. Her parents are gone and her bird-loving uncle is getting too close for comfort. She is only sure of one thing, she must get out. In a desperate bid to find the Grandparents she never knew, Leo jumps on a train to Glasgow, penniless and stealing food to survive. A nationwide hunt for her begins. Will she track down her grandparents, or will her uncle get to her first?

Adapted for the stage from the novel by Internationally acclaimed writer Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo), Pilot Theatre and Tron Theatre Company are proud to present this new, fast moving play about runaways, identity, survival and how friendships can develop in the strangest situations.


…all the edge-of-the-seat excitement of a thriller — one that will appeal to older teens and adults alike.” The Times ****

“part detective story, part thriller, and part quest for cultural and personal identity.” Herald Scotland

All the cast… bring energy, conviction, humour and a ring of darkness to Posner’s powerful, physically driven and mentally tough production.” York Press ****

…an urban fairy tale…” Exeunt ****

Education Resource

The production was accompanied by an educational resource for teachers and students studying Running on the Cracks.

Running on the Crack Education Resource PDF

By Julia Donaldson

Adapted as a play by Andy Arnold

Directed by Katie Posner