Grace Waters on an old favourite – Sixteenfeet’s Wind in the Willows – making an anniversary return to Brockwell Park
At a pilot arts season in Brockwell Park back in 2008, Brixton based professional theatre company, Sixteenfeet Productions was formed. A company dedicated to exploring and supporting new writing throughout Lambeth, Sixteenfeet Productions are marking their 10th anniversary with a new run of an old classic, Wind in the Willows, coming to the Walled Garden in Brockwell Park from the 25 – 31 July 2018.
With a cast of seven retelling the Kenneth Grahame favourite, the promenade style of theatre brings together art and nature, allowing the audience to fully explore Brockwell Park’s beautifully kept Walled Gardens. Brixton-based writer, Andrew Walsh is behind the adaptation, which has been specially commissioned for this space, with the original music coming from another Lambeth local and Sixteenfeet Associate, Guy Holden.
Throughout its 10 years Sixteenfeet, a charity which receives no core funding, has been combining theatre and nature in a huge variety of performances in local parks across south London, including productions in Peckham Rye Park, Morden Hall Park and Streatham Rookery. From their first ever production of Alice in the Walled Garden in 2008, the company has told classic stories in new and inventive ways, making it relevant for a young, urban population whilst still aiming to maintain the original story.
Caroline Funnell, Artistic Director of Sixteenfeet Productions, said: “To mark our 10th anniversary, we thought it would be fantastic to bring back an old favourite with our upcoming production of Wind in the Willows. We’re so excited to perform at Brockwell Park especially as it was where it all started ten years ago – it’s our home! It is amazing to be able to do theatre in our local park and we can’t wait to welcome the audience into the magical location of the Walled Garden.”
Wind in the Willows returns to the Walled Gardens, Brockwell Park on Wednesday 25July to Tuesday 31July 2008, with tickets priced at £12.50 and £8.50 for children. Book here.