The Adventures of Mr. Toad

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

December 30, 31, 1997 – January 1 [+Mat], 2 & 3 [+Mat] 1998.

The Adventures of Mr. Toad

by Kenneth Grahame

“Use your imagination”
– Director –


Directed by
Joan Bearman


John Garland – Toad

Rebecca Faggetter – Mole

Peter Thompson – Rat

Ray Hopper – Badger

Mike Medway – Chief Weasel

Jane Richards – Rosie

Betty Dawes – Magistrate

Brian Moulton – Policeman

Sheila Wright – Auntie

Bob Ryder – Horse

Frances Moulton – Riverside Animal

Rosemary Bouchy – Riverside Animal

Sheila Wright – Riverside Animal

Jane Richards – Riverside Animal

Tom Cullen – Weasel Gang Member

Annette Flavin – Weasel Gang Member

Amy Goddard – Weasel Gang Member

Jennifer Kite – Weasel Gang Member

Lindsay Kite – Weasel Gang Member

Nicola Kite – Weasel Gang Member

Faye Lovegrove – Weasel Gang Member

Roger Tabrah – Weasel Gang Member

Annette Thompson – Weasel Gang Member

Emma Wakely – Weasel Gang Member


Production Crew

Musical Director – Katalin Szeless

Choreographer – Sheila Neesham

Stage Manager – Dave Collis

Lighting – Trevor Langley

Sound – Frances Thorne

Set Construction – Dave Collis

Set Construction – Judith Berrill

Set Construction – Frances Thorne

Set Construction – Sheila Neesham

Set Construction – Dave Comber

Properties – Margaret Davy

Properties – Sue Whitaker

Wardrobe – Margaret Faggetter

Wardrobe – Judith Berrill

Make-up Design – Brian Moulton

Continuity – Margaret Ockenden

Box Office – Margaret Murrell

Front of House Manager – Peter Harrison

Foyer Decorations – Rosemary Biggs

Piano – Katalin Szeless

Bass – Bob Ryder

Drums – Les Ogden


Programme Note #1: The Adventures of Mr. Toad

JB wrote “This year we have chosen a Christmas show based on the children’s classic, Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows. We ask you to use your imagination and come and visit the animals who live on or near a riverbank somewhere in your dreams. This is a gentle tale of one in particular – the conceited, impulsive Mr. Toad whose faithful friends despair of reforming him but carry on trying. Then there are the other lot – ‘if you go down to the woods today’ – not teddy bears but weasels! Trouble! However, as in all good stories, the heroes are brave and the baddies are cowards and everything turns out for the best – or does it?”