Wind in the Willows
Looking for a Christmas show to warm the cockles? The Taunton Brewhouse Christmas show, Wind in the Willows, is just the (family) ticket!
Ratty, Mole and all their friends mess about in boats and get into all sorts of other mischief in Wind in the Willows, now on at The Brewhouse in Taunton until Sunday 2 January.
The heartwarming show comes from the same team behind The Railway Children (the theatre’s 2019 Christmas show, which was a sell-out success and totally brilliant – I know, I saw it). Based on the classic novel by Kenneth Grahame, the show deals the adventures of Ratty, Mole, Badger and the vainglorious Toad of Toad Hall, who gets into all sorts of scrapes.
It has all the Brewhouse Christmas show trademarks. The sets are imaginative and clever, with the live band sitting atop the lot.
The tale runs along at a pace, with jokes and references that are by turn corny and topical but always amusing, for kids and adults alike. The singing and dancing is toe tappingly good.
The performances, by the cast of professional actors and local talent, make the hairs on the back of the neck stand up (in a good way!).
Committed to inclusivity, the theatre’s offering a BSL interpreted performance on Sunday 12 December at 3.30pm; a relaxed performance on Tuesday 21 December at 11 am; and an audio described performance on Tuesday 21 December at 7pm.
In terms of Covid, everyone (unless exempt) will be wearing masks, the theatre is fully ventilated and all staff and cast tested regularly. There are special socially distanced performances at 7pm on on Thursday 23 and Monday 27 December and Saturday 1 January.
Kids might like to follow the Wind in the Willows trail and search for Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger hidden in shop windows around Taunton town centre. Collect a map from the Brewhouse, Taunton Visitor Centre, the library and the shops taking part, note where each character is found on the back of the map and return to the Brewhouse box office (10am – 4pm Mon – Fri), or photograph the entry and send to email@example.com, by 19 December. Five winners will be drawn on 20 Dec.
Wind in the Willows is directed by Anna Fox. Book and Lyrics by Julian Woolford. Music by Richard John. Adapted from the classic children’s novel by Kenneth Grahame. Photos: Paul Blakemore (c) @blikmo