Toad (Southwark Playhouse)

Posted on July 6, 2011

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When _____ invited me down to ‘The Vault’ in Southwark, I thought “He’s a nice enough chap” and “My safe word will be ‘Miriam Margolyes’.”

So when I ended up in the Southwark Playhouse, I was both relieved and a little disappointed. Thank god they have a nice bar!

I’ve loved ‘The Wind In The Willow’s since I was a little girl, so a new adaptation of it for this unusual space sounded like fun.

“It scared the ovaries out of me as three people came racing down the dark, moody tunnels.

I wish he’d warned me not to wear heels and low cut top though – the floor was wet & the room was dank and cold (it was all part of the immersive experience apparently).

Settling into the less that luxurious seats (the things I’ll let people do to me to get a ticket sometimes!) and the half filled space (it was previews so I’m not being too harsh on it), it began.

And it scared the ovaries out of me as three people came racing down the dark, moody tunnels.

This is a peculiar adaptation that works for the most part. and the cast pitch their performances well. The costuming was really fantastic too.

Running without interval, it’s clearly aimed at children (actually I discovered after they were calling it ‘Wind In The Willows’ for the ‘Doctor Who’ generation – which is odd seeing as Doctor Who started in 1963… but I won’t quibble).

Enjoyable for the most part – but I did need a stiff… drink after the show.

Rating: A peck on the cheek and the promise of a second date.

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