‘excellently novel’ The Times
‘barnstormingly brilliant’ Time Out
‘Ribbit-ing’ Daily Mail
At the height of an English summer, wet-behind-the-ears Mole meets Rat, Badger, and the irrepressible Toad and is thrust into a thrilling new world. But as winter draws closer, Toad’s adventures take them far from the safety of the Riverbank and deep into the uncertainties of the Wild Wood, and hidden in the shadows of the lengthening nights lurk other creatures. And they have an old score to settle…
In the unknown depths of The Vault, Southwark Playhouse, you’ll be thrust into a dark, dangerous but impossibly exciting world, and into the heart of an adventure. More than an audience, you’ll become part of the Wild Wood itself as you join our heroes for car crashes, prison breaks, a testing of friendships and a battle of honour – with menacing Weasels hiding round every corner, ready to pounce. And in this mysterious place where deception is king, a different type of Toad will emerge – one who can’t buy his way out of danger, and can only rely on two things; his unique imagination, and his friends.
Following their acclaimed production of Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World by Louis de Bernières, Bad Physics turn their “near-unique performance style” to an adventurous reinvention of this well-loved story.
With a unique immersive aesthetic by Linbury prize-winning designer James Cotterill, where Rabbits ears are made from old slippers and Toad’s car is a souped-up shopping trolley, make-do-and-mend and boundless imagination meet to create a fantastical Toad for our times. Fuelled by adventure, courage and danger; it’s The Wind in the Willows for the Doctor Who generation.
Toad has been created with an exciting and integral programme of education workshops and schools involvement. Schools matinees are available at 1.30pm on 13, 14, 20 and 21 July.
‘[an] extraordinarily sensual production… indubitably marks Bad Physics as a company to keep your eyes peeled for.’
Time Out Critic’s Choice for Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World
‘Cracking with energy and life… superlative performances…remarkably assured direction… a must-see.’
Manchester Evening News on Mojo Mickybo
The Vault is a large untreated performance space in the Victorian arches beneath London Bridge Train Station and as such can get a bit chilly. Although we do everything we can to ensure audience comfort we’d advise to bring along jumper just in case!