The prickly subject of hedgehog safety

LOOK sharp – it’s national Hedgehog Awareness Week!

And for this trio of Sheffield actors, that’s the perfect opportunity to get into character for their next show.

Alison Stansall, Olivia Wilbourne-Parkin and Oliver Walker and playing Mrs Hedgehog and her two children in Handsworth and Hallam Theatre Company’s regional premiere of West End musical The Wind in the Willows.

And as part of their research, they have been looking up Hedgehog Awareness Week, which is organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and aims to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how the public can help them in their fight for survival.

Said Alison: “We have our own Hedgehog song in the show, where one of the lines is ‘the road can be a nightmare for a hedgehog.’

“Playing these characters is certainly encouraging us to think much more about the world around us and not just hedgehogs.”

The much-loved riverbank favourite has been adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, with songs by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who worked on the hit West End and Broadway stage version of Mary Poppins.

Tickets for the show, which is directed and choreographed by Claire Harriott with musical direction by Ray Gallagher, are already on sale. To book call 07586293546 or email:


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