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Production

11-27 June 2015

For the first play in our Summer 2015 Season we staged a brand new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's beautiful story of Mole, Ratty, Toad, Badger and co. Written by Ant Stones, this production was staged at Watts Gallery in Compton - the first time we had been to this venue and the first time they had hosted such a project.

It proved to be the perfect match as we moved audiences off in to actual Wild Woods to meet Badger and even had a vintage 1927 Humber for Toad to steal and drive off in!...much to the surprise and delight of the 2434 audience members, young and old.

Tom Littler returned to direct, along with designer Neil Irish. Original music composed by Mary McAdam, and possibly the silliest battle for Toad Hall you are ever likely to see, set to Ravel's Bolero!

‘What a setting! What a company! What an evening’s entertainment!’ The Farnham Herald

 

***** ‘The venue is an inspired choice, the production is well paced, inventive and hugely satisfying!' Surrey Advertiser

 

‘As always this innovative and enthusiastic company has some surprises in store.’ British Theatre Guide

 

‘GSC makes good use of this hidden Surrey gem and treats us to an enchanting evening’s entertainment, exploring the timeless story of riverside creatures in a new and captivating way. The evening really did feel like a magical treat!’ Essential Surrey

Audience Comments...

‘My Daughter & I have just returned from watching 'The Wind in the Willows' & we wanted to express our thanks for a truly wonderful evening! The cast were superb and I'm hoarse from laughing! Well Done All!’

 

‘Thank you all SO much for a fabulous evening! Your performance last night was fantastic and what a perfect location! Keep up the good work -we're incredibly fortunate to have such an amazing Company in our town! Bring on the next one!’

 

'What a triumph! We all loved The Wind in the Willows - the children were captivated by Badgers house in the woods and the grown-ups were amazed by the fantastic choreography of the final fight scene… to Bolero. You are an amazing team! Well done!’

 

'Simply magical'

Company

Julien Ball

Baptista in Shrew

Owen Oakshott
Petruchio in Shrew

Richard Emerson

Rat in Willows

Hortensio in Shrew

Sarah Gobran

Fox/Gaoler's Daughter in Willows

Katherina in Shrew

Nicole Hartley

Bianca in Shrew

Johanne Murdock

Chief Weasel in Willows

Biondella/Widow in Shrew

Matt Pinches

Toad in Willows

Tranio in Shrew

Chris Porter

Badger in Willows

Gremio in Shrew

Rob Witcomb

Stoat/Bargewoman in Willows

Grumio in Shrew

Christopher York

Mole in Willows

Lucentio in Shrew

Creative Team

Director                                          Tom Littler

Writer & Adaptor                             Ant Stones with GSC

Designer                                         Neil Irish

Assistant Designer                            Anett Black

Composer/Musical Director                Mary McAdam     

Sound Designer                                Matt Eaton

Fight Director                                   Philip d’Orléans 

Production Manager                          Amy Southeard

Deputy Stage Manager                      Sharlene Harvard Young

Assistant Stage Manager                   Jen Warner

 

Photos

Click on a thumbnail to view a photo ~ Photography by Steve Porter