Theatre Review: Sincerely Mr Toad

Keith Jack in Sincerely Mr Toad. Picture: Comp
Keith Jack in Sincerely Mr Toad. Picture: Comp
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LOCAL lad done well, Keith Jack’s name is being used to sell Sincerely Mr Toad at the Pleasance Dome.

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Pleasance Dome

Yet Jack isn’t the most interesting element of the show. Playing Alastair, or Mouse, the son of Wind in the Willows creator Kenneth Grahame, he’s an integral part of the action, but the real focus is on the tragic life of Kenneth, a moving and dignified Adam Venus.

Almost completely fully formed, this musical is well structured with an outstanding cast. One suspects the show has been edited down from a longer piece which makes it pacy, almost to the point of breathlessness, but also means there’s not enough time to explore the impact of the drama’s main turning point.

Sarah Borges’ Elspeth Grahame is engaging as the despairing wife and mother trying to keep her family together and Kirsty Marie Ayers’ Beth is well drawn.

Until 26 August