The Playmakers Amateur Dramatics Group

Our Next Production


The Wind In The Willows



Written By:

Kenneth Grahame

Adapted for the stage by Jamie Lakritz

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It Is Audition Time!!

For the summer show, we have decided to do Wind in the Willows.

The plan is to cast the Young Playmakers in the main roles with the adult Playmakers doing the supporting cast and crew etc. See below for Audition dates. We are keen to get as many Young Playmakers/Potential Young Playmakers involved as possible so please come along.

As well as the cast we also need the usual roles filled – producer, sound, lighting, backstage, front of house etc. etc. etc so please come along even if you don’t want to act as there is plenty to do………

To fit in with the combined nature of the summer production timing for members night will now be Monday evening 18:30 hrs till 21:00 hrs this means we can let the younger children go at 20:00 hrs as we do at the moment and if required the adults older children can work later .

The exceptions to this will be our new members night and AGM in March.

If you are not a member but would like to audition, please come along to the Small Hall at the Mytchett Centre on one of the below dates. Please arrive by quarter past 6 so that the auditions can start promptly at half past.


Monday 18 February 6:30 pm in the Small Hall of the Mytchett Centre


The Wind in the Willows is a children’s novel by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. Alternately slow-moving and fast-paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animals in a pastoral version of Edwardian England.

It follows the adventures of Toad, Mole, Rat and Badger.

The Main Characters

Mole: Known as “Moly” to his friends. An altruistic, humble, loyal, polite, home-loving animal, and the first character introduced in the story. Fed up with spring cleaning in his secluded home, he ventures into the outside world. Initially overawed by the hustle and bustle of the riverbank, he eventually adapts. He proves intelligent as shown with his trickery on stoat then tries to prevent them from reinforcing the weasels during the fight with Toad Hall.

Rat: Known as “Ratty” to his friends (though actually a water vole), he is cultured, relaxed and friendly, and enjoys a life of leisure; when not spending time on the river, he composes doggerel. Ratty loves the river and takes charge of Mole. He can be stubborn when it comes to doing things outside his riverside lifestyle, but can do which must be done as shown when he risks his safety to help Mole in the Wild Wood and to help free Toad Hall from the weasels.

Mr. Toad: Known as “Toady” to his friends, the wealthy scion of Toad Hall who inherited his wealth from his late father. Although good-hearted and optimistic, he is also arrogant, conceited, and impulsive. He is prone to obsessions and crazes (such as punting, houseboats, and horse-drawn caravans). He gets bored with each of these in turn, and drops them, finally settling on motorcars. His motoring craze degenerates into a sort-of addiction that lands him in the hospital a few times, subjects him to stiff fines for his unlawfully reckless driving, and eventually gets him imprisoned for theft, dangerous driving, and gross impertinence to the police. Two chapters of the book chronicle his daring escape from prison and subsequent adventures before meeting up with the Water Rat.

Mr. Badger: A gruff but benevolent soul, Badger embodies the “wise hermit” figure. A friend of Toad’s deceased father, he is uncompromising with the irresponsible Toad, yet hopes that his good qualities will prevail. He lives in a vast underground sett, part of which incorporates the remains of a buried Roman settlement. A brave and a skilled fighter, Badger helps clear the Wild-Wooders from Toad Hall with his large stick.


Info from Wikipedia






£10 per Adult

£8 per Concession (Under 16 or over 65).

Family Discount available for groups of 4 and 6

Performance Times


Facilities At The Mytchett Centre


DISABLED SPACES near the entrance

LEVEL ACCESS – no steps


Wheelchair spaces can be arranged – please let the Box Office know your requirements

We are always looking for assistance off stage as well as on it. Below is a sample of the many roles that must be fulfilled in order to put on a production.

Please contact the chair if you would like to help. Thank you.

  • Poster design.
  • Front of House manager – responsible with the producers for organising front of house, raffle, distributing programmes, ushing, setting out chairs, etc.
  • Front of house staff (selling raffle tickets, helping audience to seats, etc).
  • Box office – taking calls, emails and supervising Ticket Source sales, assisting with Front of House.
  • Stage crew – Assisting with placement of props, changing scenery, etc.
  • Costume and make up. Sourcing and advising on appropriate costumes and make up.
  • Publicity – volunteers for flyer drops, etc.
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