Alicia McKenzie as Mole in Wind in the Willows

The Guardian 10 July 2021

The National Trust should see about hiring Colin McCredie’s Mr Toad. When he gets his comeuppance in this jolly production, the owner of Toad Hall must not only renounce his love of speed and his egocentric ways, but also make amends for his family history of exploitation. Instead of pandering to the image of harmless landed gentry, this show demands he check his privilege.

It’s not the most subtle of interventions. Nor is it the only topical theme in Mark Powell’s pun-heavy script, staged on the grassy slope between the theatre and the River Tummel. [READ MORE]

By Mark Fisher

MARK FISHER is a freelance theatre critic and feature writer based in Edinburgh and has written about theatre in Scotland since the late-1980s. He is a theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List magazine and a frequent contributor to the Scotsman and other publications. He is the co-editor of the play anthology Made in Scotland (1995), and the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (2012) and How to Write About Theatre (2015) – all Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. He is also the editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book (both Mark Fisher Ltd).