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Wokingham families entranced by Hooray! For Mr Toad as open air theatre returns to Howard Palmer Gardens

Tales from the Riverbank
Performance of Hooray! For Mr Toad by Bart Lee in Howard Palmer Gardens for Wokingham's Cultural Month on Sunday, May 26 Picture: Phil Creighton for The Wokingham Paper

IT WAS Tales From the Howard Park Gardens on Sunday, as families flocked to enjoy the latest outdoor production.

Hooray! For Mr Toad was performed twice as part of the Wokingham Cultural Month organised by Wokingham Town Council.

The play, by local playwright Bart Lee, was a riff on the ever-popular Wind In The Willows books by Kenneth Grahame.

Performance of Hooray! For Mr Toad by Bart Lee in Howard Palmer Gardens for Wokingham’s Cultural Month on Sunday, May 26 Picture: Phil Creighton for The Wokingham Paper

In it, Mr Toad and his friends Ratty, Mole and Badger had to find the source of the river and, in the process, defeat the wicked fox Crimson Scar and his stoats and weasels who were planning to destroy the riverbank and steal all the treasure.

The show featured songs, comedy, music and dance as well as liberal amounts of audience participation and was a big hit with all ages who attended.

On July 28, at 11am and 2.30pm, there will be a performance of Shakespeare’s Villains, also in Howard Palmer Gardens. Entry is free, although donations for running costs are welcomed. Guests should bring a chair or rug and the show is suitable for ages 10 upwards.

There’s little time for Mr Lee to rest though: he’s busy preparing for this year’s Wokingham Pantomime, Cinderella, which will be performed in December. Last year’s show, Jack and the Beanstalk, was sold out.

Performance of Hooray! For Mr Toad by Bart Lee in Howard Palmer Gardens for Wokingham’s Cultural Month on Sunday, May 26 Picture: Phil Creighton for The Wokingham Paper

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