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Faye Stevenson

Toad Hall at The Scoop

The well-known Wind in the Willows story has been adapted for the stage by Steam Industry Free Theatre.

The story follows Mr Toad and his friends from the riverbank as they get into a series of scrapes and eventually have to save Toad Hall – represented by City Hall in the production – from the Stoats, Weasels and Newts.

This production of Toad Hall is full of satirical references to things like the Olympics and it is clear to see that Mr Toad has been inspired by Boris Johnson.

It also managed to weave in popular songs with clever lyric changes to make them more relevant to the story.

The outdoor space of The Scoop really is at the riverbank like the setting for this play, so the Thames breeze adds to the atmosphere.

Toad Hall is enjoyable for all ages as it has the right balance of adult and child humour – and best of all it's free.

One tip: go when the weather is dry as it is harder for the performers to do the full dance routines in damp weather although they do their best to show you as much as possible and it can get a bit cold sitting there when you are wet.

I would recommend taking your young ones to this before the holiday is over.

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