Metta Theatre presents the world premiere IN THE WILLOWS - the latest musical from Pippa Cleary (Adrian Mole, Chocolate Factory) and hip hop composer Keiran Merrick. Directed by Poppy Burton-Morgan (Jungle Book, UK & Int. Tour) and choreographed by Rhimes Lecointe (Zoo Nation, Boudicea).

With epic show tunes and killer beats, this classic story is brought popping and locking into the twenty first century in an extraordinary new hip-hop musical. Featuring fast bikes, fierce moves and fabulous vocals.

Mole’s first day in ‘The Willows’. The kids look a bit rough. Surely Mr Badger will look out for her, while hip-hop cool girl Rattie, rich kid rapper Toad and street-dancing Otter teach her the ways of The Riverbank. But when Toad gets locked up for joyriding, the Weasel Clan break in and squat his pad, Toad Hall. Now it's only a matter of time before Chief Weasel reveals Mole’s dark secret...

After their smash hit street-dance JUNGLE BOOK and circus-musical LITTLE MERMAID, the award-winning Metta Theatre bring you a bold new take on this much loved classic. Starring the Olivier award-winning Clive Rowe as Badger.


Rehearsals w/c Jan 7th 2019 (London) - 6 weeks
Tech w/c Feb 18th 2019 (Exeter Northcott Theatre)
Touring Feb 22nd - June 1st - 15 weeks, with up to 8 shows per week

Performers will be paid a company wage in line with UK Theatre / Equity rates (plus UK Theatre Touring allowance for touring weeks outside of London).


We are committed to equal opportunities and value diversity in all our work. Metta is a small company with a strong commitment to all forms of diversity. We are committed to gender parity and also on average our casts are 50% BAME.

This is a highly physical sung/rapped-through hip-hop musical so all performers must be exceptionally skilled in singing, hip hop, street and commercial dance.

Of the 11 strong cast we are still casting the following roles - all with a playing age of 17/18 (please only apply if you are over 18).

If you would like to be considered for a role please contact with your (or your client’s) spotlight link and vocal showreels and we’ll be in touch if we’re interested in meeting.


MOLE the outsider, socially awkward new girl in school, legit soprano with a high belt, must also be a highly skilled dancer [not necessarily within street/urban styles]

RATTIE the hip hop cool girl, confident, political - R&B / Beyoncé voice, highly skilled rapper

TOAD the joker, cheeky bling-laden rich kid, highly skilled rapper and singer, excellent comic timing


To be considered for a role please fill in the google form below- selected candidates will be invited to meet with the Director/MD and choreographers in November 2018. If you haven’t heard from us your application has been unsuccessful. We are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Please access the form below.