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The Wind In The Willows

In an age where children are addicted to computer screens and have helicopter parents that are reluctant to let them play outside on their own for fear they might tread on a bindi or, even worse, get their hands dirty, it is refreshing to know that a production of, The Wind In The Willows, is still as relevant today as it was when first produced.

Glenn Elston, creator of The Australian Shakespeare Company is delighted to be directing and producing his version of the ever-popular tale, which focuses on the importance of friendship and selflessness in the face of adversity, in Sydney’s beautiful Botanical Gardens yet again. The show has been a regular Summer feature of the Gardens events program for the last 17 years and also of Melbourne’s Botanical Gardens for the last 33 years. Elston has also directed The Wind In The Willows for Kew Gardens in London. When asked about the differences in presentation of the show for Kew and for Sydney, Elston replied there was no real difference as there are so many “vital similarities” being out in the fresh air surrounded by things that grow and in the needs and lives of the characters, which though being animals of the forest are, reflective of human value systems. 

Elston has specialised in productions of great works dealing with similar themes for more than 30 years including, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night, with his roving troupe of players. The importance of working together to solve problems, to make necessary changes for the good of all, to foster kindness in one’s self and in others is integral to us all in the face of greed, violence and fear.

The Wind And The Willows teaches children through the escapades of Toad, Mole, Rat, Otter, and a whole slew of other characters that, camaraderie is a wonderful thing to be treasured.

Pack a picnic and watch the fun in Sydney’s magical Botanic Gardens.

Jan 4-26. Royal Botanic Gardens – Harbour side of the Main Pond, Sydney. $25-$110+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.shakespeareaustralia.com.au

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By Renee Lou Dallow.

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