The Wind in the Willows

ALISON CROOSE River Studios, West Acre

ALISON CROOSE

> River Studios, West Acre

Kenneth Grahame's classic story has been brought to life in a magical theatrical entertain-ment for all the family.

The confines of the studio theatre present no barriers to the imaginative crew who have recreated the river bank and its animal life. With a superb and highly flexible set, lighting and sound effects and splendid props, the audience was transported to the world of lovable, nervous Mole (Issy Huckle), enthusiastic and practical Water Rat (Katherine Shaw), stern and wise Badger (Clive Hadfield) and vain, impulsive Toad (David Connor).

Andy Naylor has adapted the tale with a simplified approach for River Studios and while remaining true to the story, has added quirky embellishments.

Friendship, kindness and loyalty remain the essence of the play and the stage belongs to the four main characters who give exemplary performances.

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Even without furry costumes, full-size motor cars, boats and caravans, they make the show a seasonal winner.

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