Topical tidbits added to Players’ willowy tale
CLASSIC story that has become ingrained in popular culture for more than 100 years is Chesham Methodist Players’ next production.
Wind in the Willows recounts how shy Mole is befriended by boat-loving Ratty, who introduces him to irrepressible Toad; how Toad, who despite advice from wise old Badger, is led into serious trouble by his obsession with cars; and how the rascally weasels take advantage of his plight to invade Toad Hall.
Chesham Methodist Players present a new version of the story written by member Sue Flower.
“I’ve stuck to the original adventures, but I’ve added a few bits of my own with a few topical references to make people laugh,” she says.
“We’re lucky that we’ve got some talented young people in the group, so as well as using a mostly young cast, I’ve included songs for our good singers and we have a dance student and a gym coach working on the movement.”
Members of Chesham Methodist Players; inset, a scene from Wind in the Willows