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A spot of spring cleaning on a sunny English riverbank - so begins the adventures of four beloved friends. Follow Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger on their journey through riverside picnics, wild woods, jailbreaks, car chases and cross-dressing amphibians to save Toad Hall from disaster and get Mole home. Will the foursome triumph? A delightful tale of camaraderie and joy.
About the Author
Glyn Maxwell has long been regarded as one of Britain's major poets. He has been awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Somerset Maugham Prize, and the E.M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as being shortlisted three times for both the T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes. Three of his books were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. His One Thousand Nights and Counting: Selected Poems was published last year. Many of his plays have been staged in London and New York. They include The Lifeblood, which was British Theatre Guide's Best Play on the Fringe at Edinburgh in 2004, Broken Journey and The Only Girl in the World (both Time Out Critics' Choices). Oberon Books publishes his Plays One (The Lifeblood, The Only Girl in the World and Wolfpit), Plays Two (Broken Journey, Best Man Speech and The Last Valentine), The Forever Waltz, Liberty, After Troy, Merlin and the Woods of Time and the libretti The Lion's Face and Seven Angels.
'Glynn Maxwell’s adaptation catches the wistful tone of Kenneth Grahame’s writing – “a feeling in the air of change and departure” – more subtly than most.
...It’s a weeping version of the Willows that feels less like furry pantomime than Chekhov with whiskers.' —Alfred Hickling, The Guardian
'consistently witty dialogue...Adults are certainly not neglected in Glyn Maxwell's adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic.' —Carole Baldock, What's On Stage