The Wind in the Willows in Melbourne at the Botanical Gardens
The Australian Shakespeare Company’s The Wind in the Willows, is back at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne this summer to entertain children and parents. A fantastic school holiday activity for the whole family.
The Wind In the Willows In Melbourne
The must-do family theatre experience, The Wind In the Willows is celebrating 35 years in the Gardens and is a tradition for generations of Victorian children.
Families are invited to join Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and Mr Toad as they bring Kenneth Grahame’s immortal story of life on the riverbank to the stage.
Set in the beautiful and scenic botanic gardens in Melbourne on a beautifully green hill overlooking ponds, there is ample shade under trees along with park benches or grass to throw a picnic rug, break out the snacks, settle the kids and enjoy the entertainment as a family.
The performance is full of energy and captures crowd interest from the very beginning. With light crowd interactions, jokes for all, singing, dancing and various instruments and fun characters, it makes the performance fun for both children and parents.
There is a mid-show transition to the castle not far away and the second stage has a new setting to keep the storyline and interest alive.
Children are integrated into the story through consultation on how they want the show to progress.
The characters do this by breaking them into groups, moving them around the gardens to strategise a plan to conquer the castle.
Upon return to the castle there are squeals of delight from the children when small amounts of water were squirted into the crowd from water guns atop the castle and more fun interactions were established.
The show is a good length at 90 minutes to keep the kids interested and engaged. It makes a great day out for the whole family.
18 December 2021 to 30 January 2022
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens.
Enter through F Gate on Birdwood Avenue.
Tickets: From $30
Visit shakespeareaustralia.com.au or call 03 8676 7511
*Guest Contributor: Jo Leditschke
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