LTM NATIONAL PANTOMIME
The village of Yam Hill is known for its cultivation of yam which is sold at the local Yamporium run by village elders Maas Joshie and Miss Janey. It is managed by Miss Fagan wo delights in harassing her fellow employees Netty and Man-Man while speaking in a language of her own. We are introduced to the villagers at "The Yamalympics", the annual village fair featuring Yam Eating, Yam Toss, Yam and Spoon and Yam Lifting and the grand Tug-a-yam. The main event is the Yam Dash and the favoured competitor is Marcus Mosiah Williams, grandson of Janey and Joshie who are confident that he will be as great as his namesake Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Just as Janey and Joshie are proud of Marcus, Chicken Foot, owner of the Whole-Heap-A- Chicken Store has high hopes for his son Lickle Chicken, that one day he too will become a great runner. Lickle Chicken, however is only concerned with being a singer.
After winning the Yam Dash, Marcus is dubbed "Runner Boy" by the Yam Hillers and along with his best friend Denny they are picked to represent Yam Hill High at the Champs in town. Through some “wheeling and dealing”, Chicken Foot also secures a place for Lickle Chicken on the team. Running at Champs is a big deal for Marcus, but he must now abandon his love of barefoot running and learn to compete in track shoes. Janey and Joshie secure the only track shoes on sale in the village but when Marcus gets to Champs, a crisis develops affecting the shoes.
Will Marcus triumph at Champs and realise his dreams to perform on the world stage at the Biglympics? Will Yam Hill be placed on the world map as the home of the world beater Runner Boy? By the final curtain, the answers are given and Runner Boy’s story comes to a happy end.