Reviewed by Kerry Cooper
Everyone loves a classic tale! Director Judy Sampson and her huge cast of 80 bring to life the adventure of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad as they explore their way through many a mishap. Script writer Josh Sanders has brought a freshness to this old tale. With an enthusiastic cast it is hard not to enjoy and delight in this classic romp.
Ellie Bickerton as naughty Toad displays excellent physical comedy and drew most of the laughter from the audience. Her partners in all things silly fared well also. Ratty brought to life by Zanny Edhouse was wonderful and everyone of her lines was delivered clearly. The meek Mole played by Chloe Zodrow was also good and moved well across the stage. Imogen Deller-Evans captured the grumpiness of Badger and rounded out the four main characters.
The supporting ensemble played various roles with boundless energy. The cast dressed by Judy Sampson, Di Mason and Judy Hilton added colour and vibrancy to an otherwise simple set constructed by Peter Collins. Animation provided by John McKay on the back wall worked well with the painted set. Music was suited, but at times a little loud making it hard to hear the singing clearly.
Attention to diction and pace of delivery would also serve the actors well, but I am sure this will improve as the season continues and confidence rises. Hills Youth Theatre delivered a tale for the kiddies, but be warned it is chilly in Stirling so dress warmly.