The Wind in the Willows: Merry Mole

December 13, 2018

The cast of  The Wind in the Willows made a very special appearance at our Willows themed VIP party last weekend . We caught up with Andrea (aka Mole) to get all the party gossip! 


  • Hi Andrea! So…what was it like partying with the audience?

I enjoyed the VIP Christmas party very much! Some of the audience members came and spoke to us cast members, both adults and children, eagerly telling us of their thoughts and favourite bits of the play. I found myself in very interesting conversations with people very quickly, learning of their long and beloved relationship to Polka. It was a special experience for me to spend a good amount of time with them, chatting and laughing together. It is a wonderful community of people!

  • Who did you meet?

I met so many wonderful parents, their families and children. Someone who stands out to me in my mind is Aimee and her daughter Abby. Aimee explained that Abby was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of six, and now two years later, is thankfully back to full health. She said that coming to the theatre together as a family is a great joy for her as a mother, both a childhood pleasure of her own, and now to see her daughter sit in the audience so focus and filled with such wonder, fills her with love and gratitude. I realised what a great privilege it is for me to be able to stand on the Polka stage every day, and through simply doing my job as best I can, being a part of these wonderful people’s lives in such a positive way.

  • What was your favourite thing about the party?

My favourite things about the party, apart from the people, includes all of the wonderful decorations, an incredibly creative food selection and display, and the brilliant ‘Find Mole’ game! What a fun idea! Playing with the kids, trying to see who could find a tiny Mole cuddly toy first in seven separate basins filled to the brim with fresh mud, was a great way for me to spend quality time with them. I played five times and lost every time! My hands were so dirty, my heart was racing, and I had the biggest smile on my face.

  • What was in the themed picnic?

Toad themed green sweets! So delicious. And lovingly made sandwiches without the crusts. I found the Hula Hoop bracelets especially fun to eat!

  • What would you get each of the Willows characters for Secret Santa?

Great question! Hhhmm, I think for Ratty I might buy him a book about far and distance cultures across the world. So that he can enjoy the wide world right from his beloved boat. For Toad, perhaps a real guitar. He shows such musical promise each day when we finally take back Toad Hall! For Badger I would perhaps buy him a comfy and pleasant robe to go with his cosy slippers all cosy in the winter time. For Squirrel, I’d buy her all of the Ice Age films. I think she might find a kindred spirit in those movies. And for Black Rat, perhaps a note book so that she may write about her memories of her wild adventures around the wide world.


How nice to share in some Christmas cheer with our wonderful cast! We hope everyone who came along enjoyed it as much as we did. And if you couldn’t make it, we hope to see you next time! Huge thanks to the lovely Andrea for talking to us. Come and see Andrea and the cast in action for yourself –The Wind in the Willows  now playing until 17 Feb!