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June 2015

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham adapted for stage by Mike Kenny

By Matthew McKew - Friday June 12th, 2015
(reproduced by kind permission of
the Isle of Wight County Press)


WIND in the Willows at Trinity Theatre last Friday was deserving of a larger audience than it received.

The classic children's tale by Kenneth Grahame, adapted for stage by Mike Kenny, follows the exploits of four animals - Mole, Toad, Ratty and Badger.

This was a fun show, with Duncan Greaves making an excellent Mr Toad. His larger-than-life performance was not even slightly hampered by the fact he was on rutches.

He affected the perfect voice and constantly looked busy on stage.

Dave Newton, who reminded me of David Thewlis, was great as Ratty. His well-spoken voice and movements were ideal for the role.

Rosie McCarthy starred as Mole. The 13 year old did really well and, although she was a little too quiet at times, all the signs were of a great actress in the making.

I have to mention Diana Kimpton tor her small part as a misbehaving horse.

All the small animals - Dylan Cox, ElIiot Greaves, Harvey Greaves, Jack Jenner, Cally Parry, Sky SaviIl, Katie Spencer and Cadence Worrall ­ were brilliant.

Credit should go to the directors, Becky Giakoumelos and Dinah Bowman, but I wish somebody had given the people in lighting a script.

Sylvia Whalley and Kath Whitwam deserve praise for a great looking set and the costume designers did a grand job. Hopefully a few more people will turn out for the remaining performances of this rather fun show by Cowes Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.