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'Redlynch Players truly are a fantastic, if small, group in the SceneOne area, and the range and quality of their productions is astonishing!'
Steve Young, Scene One on 'Kes' - November 2015
'Believe me, my young friend, there is absolutely nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In them or out of them, it doesn't matter'.
Ever since the publication of Kenneth Grahame's novel in 1908, the characters of Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger have delighted generations of readers. Now Alan Bennett has written an adaptation for the stage, a version which is both true to the original and yet carries that distinctive Bennett hallmark.
Redlynch Players Autumn 2016 production is a family tale of firm friendship and mischief and is a great production for the whole family to see. Don't miss the opportunity to join Toad, Badger, Ratty and Mole down by the river bank this autumn!
The reviews for The Wind in the Willows are in!
Rebecca Case - The Daily Echo
Having recently seen the pro version at the Mayflower (and liked it) I wondered how the amateur version would compare. The cast and crew did themselves proud, under the direction of Lloyd Perry. Toad (Mark Newman) was larger than life and every bit as bombastic as you would hope, while shy, myopic Mole (Sarah Newman) was in awe of everything. Ratty (Alison Silver) was a fusser and Badger (Ron Perry) was refined while the Wild wooders, headed up by chief Weasel (Mark Everett) were filled with menace and mischief. Each cast member was perfectly in tune with their animal’s characteristics, further enhanced by subtle costuming. The scenes were inter layered with song, proving that the cast can sing as well as act. The intimate venue allowed us to see every expression and hear each nuance, but the fantastic projections and silhouettes, flanked by some well-placed greenery, props and skilled lighting, expanded the stage to let us feel part of a much wider world.
As Toad and his chums head into the Mayflower in Southampton in a glitzy, all-singing, all-dancing big budget musical en route to the London Palladium, Redlynch Players are offering a more homespun affair in their village hall at a much lower ticket price - if you could get one.
With every one of the 450 tickets for The Wind in the Willows snapped up within a week of going on sale, discerning Redlynch punters know where they are going to get value for money.
And they get a great deal more besides.
The is the fourth time the Players have tackled Kenneth Grahame's much-loved tale of the riverbank in their nigh-on 60 year history and they've picked up a few tricks along the way.
Lloyd Perry's good-looking production is oozing with good ideas, imaginative costuming and lovely performances.
Projections provide instant backdrops to the riverbank, the open road, the caravan, the barge and Breamore House doubling as Toad Hall.
It starts with the actors taking up their positions in front of the Player's poster image of the four friends that instantly tells us everything we need to know about their characters.
There's bumptious Toad (Mark Newman), stern Badger (Ron Perry), disapproving Ratty (Alison Silver) and timorous Mole (Sarah Newman).
In emerald green checked suit and lime green specs, Mark Newman totally nails Toad, giving him all the ebullient, puffed-up swagger that small village hall can tolerate and then a little on top.
Ron Perry's Badger is all elder statesman, Sarah Newman captures Mole's wide-eyed innocence and eagerness to please and Alison Silver, in fine voice, is a brisk and practical Ratty.
The rest of the 11-strong cast multi-task, changing sets and whipping in and out of character as rabbits, foxes, wild wooders, posh motorists, judges, barge women and more.
Mark Everett and Lawrence Brookfield make an excellent double-act as a pair of weasely weasels, Graham Simpson is suitably mournful as put-upon Albert the horse and there's a scene-stealing turn from Janet Newman as the Washerwoman.
The pace could do with picking up a little, even when lazing about on the river, but I loved the candlelit procession and everything else about it.
A huge thanks to our 450 strong audience that supported our recent production of The Wind in the Willows