Messing About in Boats – The Wind in the Willows comes to Downlands

If only they had stuck to messing about in boats but they didn’t!  Mole, Rat, Badger and the hapless Toad embark on lots of adventures on stage at Downlands in this year’s fabulous drama production ‘The Wind in the Willows’.

The wonderful thing about our drama productions is that they allow so many students to take part – from make-up and stage crew through to the actors and the sound engineers.  Rehearsals have been taking place since October and the performance is amazing.  From the stage backdrops to the diction of the actors, Mrs Robertson and her team have produced a play to be remembered. 

Year 11 student Henry Godwin is a terrific Toad – completely believable as a rich, jovial, friendly and kind-hearted, but aimless and conceited soul.  His latest craze is motor cars which lands him in lots of trouble – even ending up in jail. 

In the end all is well as Toad comes to his senses and makes up for his earlier excesses by seeking out and compensating those he has wronged, and Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad live out their lives happily ever after. 

Every student who took part was outstanding – their commitment is admirable and the result is a joy to behold – can’t wait for the 2020 production!

All photos by Matt Freestone.