THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

Ages 6-10

Duration 50 mins
Speaking Roles 44
Cast Size 25-50+
Ideal Cast Size 44

Buckle up! Toad is behind the wheel and causing chaos in this brand new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s beloved novel.

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When Mole accompanies Toad for a “quick spin”, their subsequent crash lands Toad in jail and Mole in the depths of the Wild Wood. This is weasel territory, along with foxes and stoats, and not a place for a riverbanker. Luckily for Mole, Ratty and Badger are close at hand to save the day in this lovely musical, ideal for 6-10 year olds.

Seven wonderful songs by the incomparable Niki Davies and a funny, dramatic script by Tom Kirkham make this a musical experience not to be missed.

For a little extra, the editable Word.doc of the full script can also be purchased when the musical and a performance licence are bought, making it easy to adapt and adjust as you need to.

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  • Overview
  • Songs
  • Buying Options
  • Synopsis
  • Sample Scripts & Character Info
  • Reviews

Buying Options

Packs

Book & Digital Downloads: Book includes full script, character list, curriculum-linked material, sheet music and lyrics. Digital downloads comprise MP3s of all of the songs and backing tracks, lyric slides for POWERPOINT (for nativities), and a PDF version of the full book. Where available, a complimentary pdf version of the abridged script is also included.

Book & CD: Book includes full script, character list, curriculum-linked material, sheet music and lyrics. CD includes all songs recorded with children’s voices and full backing tracks.

Licences

Performance Licence: You need a performance licence to perform our show to anyone other than pupils and staff. The licence allows you to perform the show as many times as you like during a twelve month period.

Filming/Streaming Licence: If you plan to film your performance and manufacture DVDs for distribution, stream content on an internet site or on social media, you will also need to purchase this licence.

Extras

The EDITABLE VERSION of the script in WORD format is not available as a stand-alone purchase. However, it can be purchased alongside one of the Pack options when a performance or filming/streaming licence is also purchased. It is an additional item (script only, no music or production information) and is not a substitute for the main resource.

Overview

Few stories have captured the imagination of children and adults alike as Kenneth Grahame’s beloved ‘The Wind In The Willows’: the memorable characters, the bucolic setting, the warmth, the gentle humour, the imagery, the poetry, the teachings about life and the love of the natural world. We hope, in this short, fun-filled piece of drama, that we have captured the essence of the book and made it engaging and accessible to its young performers, regardless of where they may be performing around the world.

Synopsis

The animals of the riverbank welcome us to their beautiful home (THE RIVERBANK).

The rabbits are playing and feeding across the grassland. Suddenly they scatter as an animal crawls up through the ground. It is Mole, who has left his home in search of adventure. He passes the time of day with the rabbits, who have recovered from their shock, then continues his walk. He stumbles upon the river and, struggling a little with his eyesight, falls in. He gets swept under and cries out for help. Ratty, Otter and Beaver hear his cries and manage to pull him out onto the riverbank.

Mole is surprised to wake up in Ratty’s house. He recollects falling into the river, but nothing beyond that. Ratty brings him breakfast and welcomes him to his home on the riverbank. He suggests that they go for a row in his boat. Mole is apprehensive, but agrees. They row the boat upriver, meeting friends and well-wishers. They row past the Wild Wood. Ratty warns Mole about never going there, full as it is of weasels, stoats, foxes and the like. On the other side of the river is a grand manor house. It belongs to Toad, who appears and invites them for a visit (THE GREAT TOAD HALL).

On the drive outside of Toad Hall, a group of field mice are polishing Toad’s new motor car. Toad enters and ‘encourages’ them to work harder. Mole and Rat enter and Toad waxes lyrical about the joys of driving (fast!), scoffing at Ratty’s warnings about being in an accident or ending up in jail. He invites them for a drive. Ratty refuses, but Mole is intrigued and agrees. They set off in the car, racing around the country roads, zooming past angry pedestrians and showing no regard for the rules of the road (WATCH OUT, IT’S MISTER TOAD!). Suddenly, Mole spots a hedgehog in the road. Toad swerves and the car crashes into a ditch. Mole is thrown from the car into the fringes of the Wild Wood. Clearly shocked, he staggers away from the car, stepping further into the wood. 

Lost in the Wild Wood, Mole starts to hear noises. It grows dark and he strays from the path (THE WILD, WILD WOOD). He is confronted by the weasels, stoats and foxes and shows great bravery, but is taken and put on the menu for that evening. Just in time, Ratty and Badger arrive to save him. The weasels, stoats and foxes flee.

Having fled the wood, the weasels hear that Toad has been arrested for dangerous driving. Knowing Toad Hall will be empty of its owner, they decide to sneak in and take it for themselves (WEASEL HALL).

Dawn the following morning. The rabbits are grazing when they spot a number of weasels and stoats, far from the Wild Wood. They flee for safety. Mole, who is popping back to his home, follows one of the weasels and discovers that they have taken over Toad Hall.

Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, Beaver, Heron, the rabbits, the field mice and other ‘riverbankers’ plan how to rid Toad Hall of its new inhabitants and send them back to the Wild Wood (A CUNNING PLAN).

The weasels, stoats and foxes are in celebratory mood (WEASEL HALL – REPRISE), dining extravagantly.

The field mice and rabbits are used as decoys to distract the sentries outside Toad Hall. Then, using old tunnels known to Badger, the other animals storm the house and send the weasels and friends packing. 

Next day, Ratty and Mole are recuperating by the river when Toad appears, having escaped from jail dressed as a washerwoman. He disappears as quickly as he arrived, with the police in hot pursuit.  Ratty and Mole celebrate the return of the natural order of things on the riverbank (THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS)

Song Samples

TitleListen
The Riverbank
The Great Toad Hall
Watch Out, It's Mister Toad
The Wild, Wild Wood
Weasel Hall
A Cunning Plan
Weasel Hall - Reprise
The Wind In The Willows

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