home with Kenneth and Elspeth Grahame was one of the highlights of
this year’s festival. The
entertainment devised by Jean Hedger on Kenneth Grahame could not have
had more superlatives, those that attended the event could not speak
can resist “story-time” and
particularly when in the company of Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger. Toad
resplendent in green and yellow check, natty nautical Ratty and lovely
mole softly suited in black smoking jacket, three splendid
performances from these actors. All brought together beautifully by
John and Jean Hedger as Kenneth and Elspeth Grahame ably assisted by
Joe Worsfold as the young Kenneth, John Brooks as Toad, Alan Cox as
Mole and Peter Hughes as Ratty. Their wonderful costumes were from the
National Theatre. In addition Sally Lloyd-Parry had made some
beautiful models of the Wind in the Willows characters, which she had
sat in a boat borrowed from Bourne End.
school children are to be congratulated for their Wind in the Willows
art work around the room.
setting, perfect music and all of our favourite
characters brought to life.
had used material concerning the Grahame family and readings from
the children's classic Wind in the Willows. The setting was
appropriately Herries School, the very house in which the family
were living when stories were written which would later form part
of Grahame's famous book. Jean, who previously adapted
The Wind in the Willows for dramatised readings on Cookham Summer
FM worked with some of the local actors who took part in
a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon!