Book by Julian Fellowes

Music and Lyrics by George Styles and Anthony Drewe

Based on the book by Kenneth Grahame

 

Wind In The Willows was a departure for us in that it is a show directly aimed at the whole family of every age This Styles and Drew musical is based on Kenneth Grahame's enchanting children's book and is the second of their shows we have done having performed Betty Blue Eyes before which was just as endearing and British to its core.

A passion project for our director, Richard Thomas, who previous directed us in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. His vision of a colourful, rambunctious experience was fully realised with engaging performances from all the cast. Richard also choreographed the show and there was plenty of movement to keep all interested. Musical direction was under the baton of Chris Fossey who again was in charge of a fabulous band.

As an ensemble piece there is much to comment on but leading from the front was of course Mr Toad himself played by Matthew Hall. Matthew also did much of the original art work and scene painting, along with Liz Howson, which added to the magic of the production. Newcomer to Concept was Joshua Neal who was the sensible Ratty, a character always at odds with Toad and we welcomed back Daniel Parker, last seen in our production of Anything Goes, who brought a lovely charm to the role of the innocent Mole. Nick Pratt as the third member of the famous helpful trio, Badger, was in gruff form. And it would be remiss not to mention the Chief Weasel, James Osborne, who obviously enjoyed every minute of leading the mayhem with his troupe of Wild Wooders. Helen Mussell and Kate Chadwick were fantastic as the warring Mum and teenager otters and Rhiannon Rose-Goodsir and Richard along with our youngest cast members Gabriel and Ruby made up a suitably over cautious (and slightly revengeful) Hedgehog family.

Of course a show is nothing without its technical team: Ffion on lights, Ellie back-stage and Laura on sound. Also a shout out to all those who sourced and made the costumes, Toad's and the Hedgehogs' in particular were a triumph.

So along with squirrels, rabbits, hares, foxes, weasels, field mice, stoats, swallows and a horse, there was much to enjoy in this engaging musical which was very well received in Penarth and Newport.

Poop Poop!

 

 

Chief Weasel on top for now...

Ratty likes a party

The Washerwoman saves the day

Chief Weasel gets his comeuppance!