Audition: Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
(Adapted by Mike Kenny)

Audition Dates at Progress Theatre: Sunday 12 March 1.30pm and Wednesday 15 March at 7.30pm (If you cannot make these times please do get in touch)

Performance Dates: 19-29 July (Includes Sunday Performance and Excludes Monday Performance)

This summer we are putting on Kenneth Grahame's classic story adapted by Mike Kenny in the rather appropriately beautiful Caversham Court Gardens alongside the Thames.  This adaptation is a wonderful re-imagining of a classic tale.

Set in the ruins of Toad Hall, Chief Weasel is trying to sell the run down Toad Hall and along come our famous four (Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger), who begin to tell the tale of the events of The Wind in The Willows from Mole's Decision to "Hang Spring Cleaning", to Boats, Gypsy Caravans and "poop poop....." a few Cars.

Our Cast will be a group of Travelling Players taking on all the roles of the piece, so there will be a great opportunity for a lot of character work and a good amount of doubling up.  We are open to men and women in all the roles. There are some songs in this version too which will be sung mostly as a group, so don't let that frighten you off!

The annual open air event is a fantastic show to be a part of, and this is the first time we are not doing Shakespeare in this slot.  We are looking forward to welcoming back our existing following, while hopefully attracting some new audience members who may generally not come and see our Shakespeare offering.

Auditions are open to anyone aged 16+ but if cast you will need to become a member.

Characters (without doubling)

  • Chief Weasel 
  • Mole
  • Rat
  • Toad
  • Badger

Characters (with doubling)

  • Rabbit
  • Otter
  • Portly Horse
  • Billy
  • Hedgehog
  • Judge
  • Clerk
  • Gaoler's Daughter
  • Washerwoman
  • Guard
  • Driver
  • Bargee
  • Person One
  • Person Two
  • Various Riverbankers and Wildwooders

Contact directors

Laura Mills at or 
Rik Eke at for further information.