Thurs 2nd December - Sat 4th December & Tues 7th December - Sat 11th December 1982
Directed by Robbie Cattermole
This is the classic children's story, 'Wind in the Willows', adapted by A A Milne. It tells the story of Mole, Water Rat, Badger, and Toad, and takes place along a peaceful riverbank surrounded by lush meadows. Mole is originally from a neighbouring meadow, but one fine spring day he ventures away from his home and finds the magical life of the river awaiting him.
'Toad of Toad Hall' is the first of several dramatisations of Kenneth Grahame's 'The Wind in the Willows' which itself was first published in 1908. The play, adapted in 1929, includes incidental music by Harold Fraser-Simson. Milne extracted the adventures of Mr. Toad (which form only about half of the original book) because they lent themselves most easily to being staged. Milne loved Grahame's book, which is one of the reasons he decided to adapt it.
The play has four main characters: Ratty, Badger, Mole and Toad. The story begins with Mole doing his spring cleaning. Fed-up with the task he emerges on to the riverbank and meets Ratty (a watervole). The two encounter various other creatures during their adventures, such as an otter and his son called Portly, squirrels, rabbits and a kindly old Badger who invites them to say at his house. They also meet the irrepressible Toad who owns Toad Hall, a very impressive property. When Toad Hall is taken over by the wicked creatures from the Wild Wood (weasels, stoats and ferrets) the new band of friends help Toad recover his home which culminates in the 'Battle of Toad Hall' where they are victorious. Toad's caravan and car adventures are included, as well as his imprisonment and escape. Although not specifically a musical, the play contains six songs.
This play was staged at Havant Arts Centre, East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977.
|Water Rat||Chris Hall|
|Mr Badger||Terry Cattermole|
|Alfred||Peter Holding |
|Chief Ferret||Brian Sweatman|
|Chief Weasel||Anthony Elliott|
|Chief Stoat||Karen Cartwright|
|First Field Mouse||Kate Eliott|
|Second Field Mouse||Karen Cartwright|
|Mama Rabbit||Ingrid Corrigan|
|Lucy Rabbit||Kate Elliott|
|Harold Rabbit||David Roberts|
|Sylvia Brierly |
|Stage Manager||David Graham|
|Musical Director||Ruth Prior|
|Lighting||Lezley Picton |
|Sound||Tony Czapp |
|Set Design and Painting||Jenny Graham |
|Set Construction||David Graham |
|Make-up||Jacquie Penrose |
|Front of House||Janet Simpson |