Sutton Coldfield’s award-winning company Trinity Players are preparing to walk a little on the wild side for their next production. The Players are busy rehearsing The Wind in the Willows ready for opening night in September.
The Alan Bennett play based on Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic is a new challenge for the company who celebrated their 40 year anniversary in 2015.
The story follows friends Ratty, Mole and Badger as they endeavour to stop the inimitable Mr Toad from getting in to trouble. However, Toad’s love of motorcars and being in the limelight, coupled with his determination to do everything his own way makes their task a tough one. First performed at the National Theatre in 1990 this adaptation is a delight for audiences of all ages; a beautiful children’s story told with Bennett’s wry humour.
Although the story of Mr Toad is well known however, Trinity Players were keen to put their own spin on it, as director, Jennifer Mears explains: “Alan Bennett’s script focuses on the wonderful characters and their quirky personality traits rather than any animalistic qualities. We made the decision early on to stage the production without any animal masks, face paints and fluffy tales; but to rely on bringing out these characters instead. The cast have been working extremely hard to create the world of the riverbank, making it accessible for modern audiences.
This really is a production that the whole family can enjoy – the perfect treat to look forward to once the new school term has started!”
The Wind in The Willows runs at Sutton Arts Theatre from 20 – 24 September. Tickets are £10 (£9 matinee concessions) and are available via www.trinityplayers.com or 07843 928830.
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