Paperback Theatre presents The Wind in the Willows, touring June – July 2022

Tour dates:

Saturday 4 June – Moseley Park and Pool, Birmingham

Saturday 11 June – Bolton Gate Arts, Staffordshire

Saturday 2 July – Abington Park Museum, Northampton

Saturday 9 July – Brandon Country Park, Suffolk

Saturday 16 July – Lichfield Festival, Staffordshire

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 July – Assembly Festival Gardens, Coventry

Saturday 30 July – At The Mill, Stillington, North Yorkshire

There’s a world outside and I want to see it!”

Mole has been stuck inside for far too long. Finally escaping their underground home they team up with good friends Ratty, Badger and the loveably roguish Toad on an adventure to blow away the quarantine cobwebs. Mole and the gang must go head-to-head with a motor-car, Her Majesty’s Constabulary and, the greatest challenge of all, a legion of Weasels, Ferrets and Stoats who have taken up residence in Toad Hall. Can our plucky band of heroes save the day?

Find out in Paperback Theatre’s charming open-air adaptation of The Wind in the Willows.

After sell-out performances at Paperback’s own arts festival, Little but LIVE! 2021, and Assembly Festival Gardens at Coventry City of Culture 2021, this unshakeable company are delighted to be back and touring it to beautiful outdoor venues across the country.

Praise for The Wind in the Willows:

fun, funny and utterly charming’ (BrumHour)

Praise for Paperback’s previous work:

Entertaining and provocative’ (The Reviews Hub)

Joyous’ (Behind The Arras)

Emotionally rich and utterly engrossing’ (The 730 Review)

Paperback are a Birmingham-based theatre company. Their previous work includes thought-provoking original plays such as We Need to Talk About Bobby (Off Eastenders) and Me and My Doll, as well as innovative adaptations of well-loved classics. In 2020, as a response to Covid-19, they successfully set up an open-air arts festival called Little but LIVE! in Moseley Park, which platformed local artists who had lost work and brought the community together in a time of isolation. The event is now produced annually and will be entering its third year in 2022.

“A fresh, young company, with wit, imagination and unshakable confidence. Their shows are equally hilarious and touching.”
Neil Reading, Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

Cast & Creatives

Badger Lucy Bird

Mole Charis McRoberts

Rat Carys Jones

Toad Nathan Blyth

Director Lucy Bird

Writer George Attwell Gerhards

Produced by Paperback Theatre

Listing Information

Running time 60 minutes no interval

Saturday 4 June 2pm & 5pm

Moseley Park and Pool

93B Alcester Road, Birmingham B13 8DD

Tickets £5 | Book tickets

Saturday 11 June

Bolton Gate Arts

Bolton Gate Farm, Leek Rd, Weston Coyney ST3 5BD

General £10, Concession £8, Family £30 | Book tickets

Saturday 2 July

Abington Park Museum

Park Avenue South, Northampton NN1 5LW

Adult £10, Child £7 | Book tickets

Saturday 9 July 1pm & 4pm

Brandon Country Park

Bury Rd, Brandon IP27 0SU

Adult £8, Child £5 | Book tickets

Saturday 16 July 1.30pm & 4pm

Lichfield Festival

Donegal House, Bore St, Lichfield WS13 6NE

Tickets from £6 | Book tickets

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 July, 1.30pm and 3.30pm (both days)

Assembly Festival Gardens

Little Park St, Coventry CV1 2LU

General £9, Concession £7 | Book tickets

Saturday 30 July 2.30pm & 7pm

At The Mill

Stillington Mill, Mill Lane, Stillington, York YO61 1NG

Adult £12.50, Child £8.50 | Book tickets