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Review: Wind in the Willows

Featuring the adventures of Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger, the Wind in the Willows has been delighting children for decades.

Cast-WITW-(Photo-Darren-Bell)-(2)The latest in the Made in Colchester series brings the book written by Kenneth Grahame to life on stage in a delightful way, inspiring a whole new generation of young theatregoers.

A simple set sees the action start by the river bank where Rat and Mole meet, the pair then set out on an adventure onboard a boat, sailing down the river they eventually arrive at Toad Hall, home, of course to Mr Toad.

Extravagant Toad is always fixated by the next new craze, from bikes to caravans these phases never last long, and his friends humour his behaviour until the next big thing comes along. However, when Toads’ obsession moves to his love of motorcars, trouble is on the horizon.

This production of Wind in the Willow is just delightful. Full of fast-paced action from the beginning, the tale is brought to life through the use of simple props, trap doors and lots of imagination – just right for the young audience who where glued to the story as it unfolded.

A strong cast of actor-musicians bring the characters to life effortlessly, making the story very easy to follow, even for the youngest audience members, and the chase scene through the auditorium gave the feel of a pantomime and was greatly enjoyed by many.

This magical performance is one not to be missed this Summer, full of fun, laughter and a little bit of Mercury magic, Wind in the Willows is a must for the school holiday.

The Wind in the Willows will be at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester until 21st August. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01206 573948 or visit www.mercurytheatre.co.uk.

Review Wendy Cook, Ipswich24
Photos: Darren Bell

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