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th wind in the willows


the wind in the willows

[from program note] Sometimes in life, one finds a little nugget and this is one of them. Stephen Kingsbury and Ben Sleep’s version of this delightful classic tightens a long narrative and gives us some simply stunning music to work with. We have been entranced from the first rehearsal and the children have taken to it incredibly quickly. We are delighted to have shared this lovely adaptation with a wide section of the school and know that you, the audience, will now enjoy it.
Paul Whittles
Barnardiston Hall Preparatory School

…absolutely loved the show and couldn’t stop laughing – even hours after. Spectacular fun for all the family…
Loughborough Echo

…this is a thoroughly enjoyable show, beautifully paced and peppered with original songs, making it engaging for all ages…
The Argus East Sussex

There are moments of pure hilarity, especially when Toad disguises himself as a washerwoman to escape from prison, fending off an amorous guard in the process…this tale of friendship, mysticism and adventure is really worth seeing…
Lancashire Evening Post

…most impressive, action-packed, touching and beautiful…
North Devon Journal

What can I say – the show was fantastic and so well received by the sell out audiences…much of this is of course down to the wonderfully crafted script and superb music/lyrics…
Rob Pudner, Youth Theatre Director
The Plough Arts Centre

This musical, performed by children aged 8-13, managed to capture original elements from the book with a new and exciting dynamic: dancing, singing and effective props. The whole play was well paced, allowing no time for boredom. Well rehearsed acting was merged with upbeat musical numbers from the chorus and dance routines.
Catherine Graham
This is North Devon

There were profound and relevant statements from this classic tale that ring just as true to us today as when it was written 100 years ago. This production was wonderful to watch; heart-warming and comic for those with or without their children in it, it was a pure refreshing delight. I would recommend it to anyone, big or small, old or young. To quote from the script, “None of us would be anything without each other…”
Trisha Martin
The Metro

I just wanted to write to say a huge thank you for creating such brilliant musical productions. Two years ago we did Treasure Island and were really impressed with all aspects of the product – the music, script and notes. Last night and the previous evening also, we performed The Wind in the Willows which was a massive success. The children loved the music and the script was very funny. With 80 children involved it was a lot to organise but it was amazing! I also think the whole package is very good value for money. Hopefully you will have written another one in two years time!
Abbie Guymer
Western Downland School, Hants.

‘It’s really exciting and fun for everyone!’
Ryan Sears (11)

‘It’s nice that everyone gets a part’
David Butler (10)

‘Rehearsals have been fun because the script and songs are fun’
Jazzy Kelly (11)

‘The songs are really good’
Freddie Ware (8)

‘I like the rhythm of all the songs’
Aisha Dempsey (10)

‘It has captured all our imaginations’
Eleanor Collingwood (13)

It has been a script we (production team and children) have very much enjoyed working with – concise where it needs to be and a very witty score. It really has been a delight. Thank you.
Paul Whittles
Barnardiston Hall Preparatory School

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