Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society

Reviewed: The Wind in the Willows at the Haymarket

By Jessica Phillips

THE HAYMARKET welcomes a whole host of woodland creatures for their latest performance by Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society (BAOS).

The latest musical venture from the society is ‘The Wind in The Willows’, which follows the story of Mole, Rat, Badger and Mr Toad and their ongoing conflict with the ‘Wild Wooders’.

Adapted to theatre from the 1908 original story by novelist Kenneth Grahame. The musical explores the journey of friendship, trust and teamwork.

In the opening number ‘Spring’ we are introduced to those that inhabit the riverbank in a bright awakening from their hibernation. A chorus of otters, squirrels, mice, hedgehogs and rabbits all come together to celebrate the beauty of spring and a new year.