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Catch that toad!

Riverside House was filled with river bank creatures as children and parents gathered for a fun afternoon of crafts, face painting, games and a performance of Riverside Performing Arts’ new show The Wind in the Willows.

Colourful faces of Ratty, Moley, Badger and Toad were painted on children’s faces, origami frogs leapt, finger puppets adorned little fingers, young puzzle solvers hunted for clues around the house and a group of enthusiastic lads constructed a grand and enormous car for Toad out of cardboard boxes.

Riverside Performing Arts students manned the arts and crafts tables, helping children design and make puppets, animal masks, paper boats and frogs. When the theatre performers Ratty, Moley, Badger and Toad emerged for their performance, they looked out over an audience transformed into characters from the story.

Parents were delighted with the afternoon’s entertainment, leaving laden with their children’s different craft activities. Comments included “we had lots of fun” and “thank you for putting on so much entertainment for the children in half term. When’s your next event?”

A triumph of partnership between Riverside Performing Arts and Swanshurst School in their literature/language teaching. For future family events, look out for performances of our popular story theatre production The Elves and the Shoemaker on Saturday 15th December at 11am, 12.30 and 2pm at The Hub, Hazelwell.