“It takes all sorts to make a world”

THE Big Monkey Theatre summer family show at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens has become an annual must see for many Tasmanian families and tourists alike.

This year, Big Monkey presents the ever-popular and much-loved classic, The Wind in the Willows.

Adapted and directed by Les Winspear, The Wind in the Willows tells the timeless story of friendship, loyalty and working together to win the day.

Life on the riverbank is blissful for Otter, Rat and their new friend Mole, but when the blustering, fun-loving Toad takes to the road, no one is safe.

Things go from bad to worse when the Wildwood Weasels decide to move in to the once peaceful neighbourhood.

The Wind in the Willows is a fun-packed adventure full of laughs, lunacy and lyrical songs, all effectively staged against the splendid backdrop of the Botanical Gardens.

The cast features local theatre and media identities John X, Andrew Casey, Claire Dawson, Anna Kidd and Bella Young, with musical direction by Craig Irons and design by Roz Wren.

This year’s show celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and the 110th anniversary of the first publication of this timeless children’s novel written by Kenneth Grahame.

Join Toad, Ratty, Otter, Mole and a few Wildwood Weasels for a fun time commencing Tuesday 1 January 2019 to Sunday 20 January 2019 at the Botanical Gardens.

Show time Tuesday to Friday is 11am, with two shows each Saturday at 2pm and 5pm and a Sunday show at 2pm.

Tickets are available from the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens information booth, Theatre Royal, Centertainment or at the Gardens’ main gate 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Caption: From left, Bella Young, John X, Anna Kidd, Andrew Casey and Claire Dawson. Photo credit: Big Monkey Inc.