EXPECT some hopping-mad antics and a bit of rattiness and badgering as a children’s classic takes over Eshott Hall in Northumberland tomorrow.
An outdoor production of The Wind in the Willows will play out in the grounds of the hall where families can relax with picnics and youngsters can take part in a workshop based on their favourite characters.
These are, of course, Toad, Ratty, Badger and the delightful Mole and this adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s tales of the riverbank by Cambridge Touring Theatre company will pack in lots of surprises along the way.
The story revolves around the pals’ efforts to keep the rather arrogant Toad out of trouble.
This is the first North East performance for the company which is known for its exuberant shows, and it promises to be an open-air treat, with singing, dancing and (be warned) some sandwich-stealing and water- spraying.
Rosie Humphreys, who heads the company, says: “We have a very strong family feel to the company. All performers are chosen because they enjoy working with families.”
And Louise Ball – house manager at Eshott Hall, whose chefs have been packing pre-booked luxury picnics for those not wanting to make up their own – added: “The production has been specially written for a family audience and I’m sure people of all ages will enjoy it.”
The Wind in the Willows runs from 3-5pm tomorrow at Eshott Hall, near Morpeth, with the 45-minute workshop starting at 1.30pm. Aimed at five to 11-year- olds, it will introduce children to the characters and explore the story’s theme of friendship.
For tickets – £39.50 for a family ticket (two adults; two children); £12.50 adults, and £9.50 children – call Eshott Hall on 01670 787454 or visit www.cambridgetouring theatre.co.uk