Monday 20 August 2012 | By Lia Sanders
ED2012 Musicals Review: The Wind In The Willows (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre)
Thinking about it, a selfish, ex-con aristocrat might seem an odd hero to present to children. There is a contrast between the Edwardian gentlemen types and the communist Wild Wooders, and this became apparent watching actors play the anthropomorphised animals in this musical version. The stoats and weasels were my absolute favourite element, becoming panto villains, giving the play a theatrical structure and adding to the humorous tone. Whilst the songs are bland, they at least covered up any stilted acting, and their use of props to create the scenery made it seem like house-party charades. But above all I’m glad I saw this because it helped me remember how very charming the story of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad is.
Pleasance Courtyard, 14-26 Aug (not 20), 11.00am.
tw rating 3/5 | [Lia Sanders]