The Wind in the Willows

Date 23rd September 2021
Society Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society
Venue The Haymarket, Basingstoke
Type of Production Musical
Director Adam Bayjou
Musical Director Simon Eastwood
Assistant Directors Caroline Price & Owen White


Author: Kay Rowan

The Wind in the Willows – What a journey down memory lane!  The “feel good” factor of this recreation of Kenneth Grahame’s book was very nostalgic. From the opening number the audience was drawn into the life along the riverbank.

Despite the various rules in place there was a warm welcome.  A great deal of excitement was felt in the minutes leading up to the opening number.  The colourful and informative programme made for a good read.

The myriad of scenes gave the stage crew a hard task which they rose to admirably.  The changes were very smooth particularly the flying.  The lighting was creative and purposeful.  The sound created by the cast and orchestra was very clear and easy on the ear.  The system here is always so well managed.  Such creative makeup must have taken ages to perfect and possibly longer to take off. Excellent. The costumes were a delight with each group of animals having very distinct colour palettes and style.  The wardrobe team must have worked long and hard to create the whole cast.

The band conducted by Simon Eastwood created a very good sound and supported the cast well. The balance achieved between principals and band was excellent.

Each, and every, member of the cast made an invaluable contribution to the success of this production which truly illustrated both the depth and breadth of talent within the Society - both on and off stage.  It was delightful to see so many young members of the cast and, in addition, I understand many new members.

If the enthusiasm of the audience is anything to go by, you obviously have great support amongst the community.

Congratulations must go to BAOS for their dedication and commitment to putting on this production despite all the various hurdles that came their way.

Congratulations to everyone involved for a thoroughly enjoyable evening.