The Wind in the Willows at The Chantry

Last week saw history in the making, as Year 6 took over the Headmaster’s garden to put on a magical performance of ‘The Wind In The Willows’ – the first time a Junior School production has been staged outside. Directed by James Anderson, with music performed by Mark Alexander and Nicki Devon, this alfresco take on the Kenneth Grahame classic was a bold new venture between the Drama Department and the Junior School. It gave parents a rare and unique opportunity to experience immersive theatre (and the Chantry garden) at its very best.

The enchanting adaptation of the legendary animal story followed the adventure of Mole (Dominic Rogers) who left Mole End after becoming disillusioned with endless spring cleaning. On his journey, he befriended the resourceful Ratty (Nikesh Dhatariya), a gruff Badger (Jake Wesseldine) and the infamous Toad of Toad Hall (Krish Misra). Together they regaled the audience with action-packed stories of boating on the river, adventuring in the Wild Wood, battling weasels at Toad Hall and a few miss-haps with motor cars.

The Chantry formed an impressive backdrop, while the garden itself provided the perfect ‘theatre in the round’, with the audience at the very centre of the action at all times. Involving all of Year 6, the boys overcame the unique challenges of performing outside (and underneath the Heathrow flight path) to produce a stunning performance that will live long in the memory.

In keeping with the venue theme, parents packed their picnic hampers with nibbles and refreshments to enjoy the action unfold and watch the sunset on their son’s final term at Eltham College Junior School.

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Written by: Mr I Wearmouth