X Factor favourite Seann Miley Moore joins Clive Rowe in UK tour of hip hop musical In The Willows

24 Jan
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff
Clive Rowe stars In the Willows

Full casting has been confirmed for the UK tour of In The Willows – the explosive brand new musical retelling of The Wind In The Willows – from the award-winning Metta Theatre. Olivier award-winning actor Clive Rowe, as Mr Badger, will be teaming up with X Factor fave Seann Miley Moore (Duck), Let It Shine’s Matt Knight (Chief Weasel) and deaf street dancer Chris Fonseca (Otter). Will you be joining in the adventures?

The production opens at the Exeter Northcott on 22 February 2019, touring the UK until 1 June, with a press night on Thursday 21 March at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

With spectacular street dance choreographed by the award-winning Rhimes Lecointe, the production features deaf street dancer Chris Fonseca. In The Willows will incorporate British Sign Language (BSL) into the choreography for a unified experience for D/deaf and hearing audiences alike. There will also be audio description available for all performances across the tour.

Mole’s first day in ‘The Willows’. Her classmates look a bit scary. Surely Mr Badger will look out for her, as streetwise Rattie, rich kid Toad and cheeky Otter teach her the ways of The Riverbank. But when Toad gets locked up for joyriding, the Weasel Clan break into his (lily)pad. It's now only a matter of time before Chief Weasel reveals Mole’s dark secret...

This classic story is brought leaping into the 21st-century. Featuring ballads, beats and backflips, this new musical will be fun for the whole family.

In The Willows will also be reaching out to young performers across the country to appear onstage in the production at their local theatre. Beginning with a free dance workshop from leading dancer Sheila Attah – open to beginners and performers with access needs – successful performers aged 17-25 will have the chance to perform onstage alongside some of the country’s leading musical performers.

The production will also be encouraging D/deaf performers to apply, given the production’s inclusion of British Sign Language (BSL) into the choreography. The audition process will take place at selected regional workshops, detailed at: www.mettatheatre.co.uk/workshops.