|Nicholas Merryweather and Miriam Sharrad|
as Mr and Mrs Fox
with the children of Newton Poppleford and St Nicholas Schools
Children had an active part in the production as well, appearing as fox cubs and very convincing singing trees. The children all had their parts to sing, ably assisted by ETO cast members. Henry Grant Kerswell, Mark Wilde and Maciek O'Shea were hilarious as 'Boggis, Bunce and Bean' the evil farmers. Quite apart from the wonderful Fox family Greg Tassel was amazing as Badger and Stuart Haycock as the mining Mole was his very able side-kick. The love interest from Catrine Kirkman and Adam Tunnicliffe as Hedgehog and Porcupine was touching and delightful. Cary Hughes' Rita Rat was charming and delightful - perhaps a little too charming for a rat, but no one was complaining! The most extraordinary and dazzling character by far, however, was 'Agnes the Digger' played by Fiona Kimm. This anthropomorphic JCB, played by the diminutive Fiona was absolutely convincing, a little terrifying, and children absolutely loved her.
The Northcott was the place to see smiling children on Tuesday night - every one grinning from ear to ear!