On the evening of Sunday 4th June, dozens of Radley parents gathered down at the Boathouse to watch ‘The Wind in the Willows’ performed by the Shells and the 6.1s. This performance aimed to raise money for the charity SSNAP (Support for the Sick Newborn and their Parents) and Mr Tolputt gave a very heart-felt speech during the interval, which moved the audience, in memory of Martha Tolputt.
The play itself was amazing. There was an extensive use of all the Boathouse had to offer as props or as a stage, whether it was Patch Sayer emerging from the River Thames or Mr Woodling turning up in a ‘motorcar’ as part of the play. The use of boats and the ramp as a stage was so imaginative that the audience was uncertain what was part of the play and what was not. Halfway through the performance, a swimmer swam past the performance and left the audience wondering which character he could be about to enter the stage. He did not, however, turn out to be part of the performance, just someone casually swimming down the Thames.
But of course, we cannot forget the actors; Rory Betley, Olly Daly, George Dillon-Robinson, Arthur Tapner and Ludo Curtis who managed to have the audience gripped with both action and light-hearted comedy throughout. I hope that many boys had the opportunity to attend this marvellous production of ‘The Wind in the Willows’ and Mr Tolputt and Mr Moule deserves as much credit as possible for such an brilliant play.
Report by Will Dunlop, J Social 6.1
The online auction raising money for SSNAP (Support for the Sick Newborn and their Parents), in memory of Martha Tolputt, is open until June 11th. Please click here to donate.
Follow the video links below to watch the making of The Wind in the Willows: