'Disposing of the Body'    

'The Wind in the Willows'

Wed 20th - Sat 23rd March 2013

South Holland Centre, Spalding

1/2

... strong performances ...

Note from the Director ...

 

"Never Work with children or animals" - so wrote the comedic genius W.C. Fields, and at times I could empathise with the 'animals' bit, even though the cast go on two legs rather than four.

 

On the face of it 'The Wind in the Willows' is a straightforward, gentle tale of furry folk of river and wood. Don't you believe it! This stage version has been imishly infiltrated by Alan Bennett, a far more worldly character than the gentle and melancholy Kenneth Grahame. It shows, too ...in Ratty's obsessive compulsive behaviour, the Weasel's interest in property development and the doleful mussing of the social commentator Albert the Horse, an equine Billy Bragg.

 

To what extent do the cast 'become' animals? I feel that the costumes are mearly a top dressing, that Rat, Mole, Toad and the rest still come across as people, and the audience relate to them accordingly. As for the set, when you consider it involves three separate animal homes, a river and a wood, while the props list takes in a caravan, a rowing boat, a car, a train and a barge - all fully mobile - you can appreciate what a challenge it was for the cast and crew to get it all together in an often freezing cold rehearsal shed. The fact that they did is credit to them all, and I am very proud of what has been achieved.

 

Nick Fletcher, Director

Note from the Producer ...

 

When we first looked at 'Wind in the Willows' I thought it would be a fantastic play that would be for the entire family. Little did I know how much work I was creating for myself. The rather daunting list of props and vehicles used in this production is definitely the largest of any I have been involved in.

 

Due to the size of this production it has been a huge team effort to bring it to the stage and my special thanks must go to all the cast and crew involved. Without everyone lending a hand this show would be impossible to stage.

 

It has been a very challenging but enjoyable production to be part of and I'm sure the hard work will pay off and I hope you enjoy the show. However, I think I need to go on holiday after this as for the past three months every spare moment has been spent working on or thinking about 'Wind in the Willows'. 

 

Tom Millard, Producer

Directed by Nick Fletcher
Produced by Tom Millard
 
Cast
Mole    
Rat   
Toad    
Badger   
Albert     
Chief Weasel     
Weasel Norman    
Ensemble     

Gemma Page

Mark Speiman
Mandie Collier
Troy Melvin
Jed Laxton
Robbie Hall
Lucy Allen
Gill Adlard
Amanda Whiting
Amy Dickinson
Emma Dobbs
Arline Evenden
Paul Gilbert
Angela Davis
Charlotte Dawson
Alison Honeybun
 
Crew
Assistant Producer Stage Manager   
Publicity   
Set Construction  
 
 
 
 
Set Painting
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Props
Costume
 
 
Deputy SM
 
Makeup & Hair
Lighting Op
Sound OP
Swing

Lucy Allen

Tom Millard
Philip Bosworth
Jed Laxton
Rory Millard
Joe Millard
Brendan Millard
Troy Melvin
Gemma Page
Gill Adlard
Angela Davis
George Ogden
Robbie Hall
Amy Dickinson
Nick Fletcher
Mark Spelman
Amy Bell
Alison Honeybun
Angela Davis
Alison Honeybun
Arline Evenden
Claire Hearth
Sarah Eakins
Andy Donley
Lewis Coles
Steve Underwood
George Ogden
Assistant Producer
Stage Manager   
Publicity
Set Construction
 
 
 
 
Set Painting
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Props
Costume
 
 
Deputy S.M.
  
Makeup & Hair
Lighting Op
Sound Op
Swing
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