Review: Wind In The Willows 2, Westacre Theatre
At this time of year we have plenty to entertain us, especially the traditional panto, so as a welcome change it was a great tonic to attend a performance of Westacre Theatre Company’s production of the Wind in the Willows 2
Based on Kenneth Grahame’s classic Wind in the Willows, (1908), it is written, designed and directed with aplomb by Andy Naylor, who also took the parts of Donkey, Newt, Policeman and Judge.
The first stage adaptation was by AA Milne in 1929 and the piece has been a classic ever since.
As soon as Kane Toad and Claude Toad appeared on stage at it’s start (played with gusto and charm by young Alfie Kramachuk and Finn Peake), I knew we were to expect some fine, fun performances from the cast in this story set on the Riverbank, Wild Wood and Wide World.
Charly Nash and Kathryn Bates excelled as the Spiv’ Foxes, Ronnie and Donny respectively, and, of course, Raymond Rose’s well ‘over-the-top’ portrayal of Toad was a joy to behold.
At Christmas (in this sort of production) well over-the-top performances, together with the occasional ‘corny joke’ are perfectly acceptable, in my book!
Issy Huckle as Mole, Ross Chandler as Rat and Steve Rimmer as Badger all gave of their best, and the sets, including plenty of smoke and mirrors, and all the ‘funny business’, went down well with an enthusiastic audience.
This version was not overlong, as some can be, and the show runs until Saturday, December 29.
Do take a look at Westacre’s varied programme of events and enjoy this show if you can go. Visit: www.westacretheatre.com or phone the box office on : 01760 755800.