Top­i­cal tid­bits added to Play­ers’ wil­lowy tale

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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.”

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Mem­bers of Che­sham Methodist Play­ers; in­set, a scene from Wind in the Wil­lows

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