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Roger McGough’s Money-Go-Round (Jam Jar Theatrical Productions)

By | Published on Thursday 17 August 2023

So, this is ‘The Wind In The Willows’ reskinned as a critical examination of the capitalist system, the cyclical nature of debt and cronyism for younger viewers, told through the medium of musical theatre. It’s highly lyrical and keenly performed, the hugely capable ensemble working through a series of scenes and songs following a gold coin on its journey around the characters amidst some dreamy set design. That is lovely, as far as it goes, albeit it taking its time getting there, in places. We then move to an entertainingly chaotic denouement in which Toad’s excesses, and the manner of his ‘redemption’, are interestingly and satirically framed in a way easily lost in the big song finale. On your toes/paws, parents!

Assembly Rooms, until 21 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]