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"Improbable Fiction" by Alan Ayckbourn, directed Mike Andrews 25-28 January 2017 7.30pm at AWMA Memorial Hall

From the pen of the prolific playwright Alan Ayckbourn, Improbable Fiction features six aspiring authors who meet on a winter’s evening to discuss their work. The chairman, Arnold, attempts to persuade the group to collaborate on a piece of writing, an idea that is quickly dismissed. However, as Arnold is clearing up after the meeting there is a clap of thunder, a black-out – and then the story that would have resulted from the collaboration takes place before his very eyes. Doblin the Goblin, a human-sized walnut shell, alien abductions and murderous doings at Hassock Hall are all there. Very much a national treasure, Ayckbourn does not disappoint with the affectionate satire and zany imagination of this play. It is sure to prove popular for a cold January evening, so book early (click here) to avoid disappointment!

STOP PRESS: "Murder Weapon" ends run with capacity audiences!

Once again we are grateful to our loyal audience for their wonderful support. Our latest show, Murder Weapon, which closed on 22 October was a sell-out for the last two nights and in total we sold more than 470 tickets over the four night run. Feedback has been excellent and clearly those who came appreciated the mental exercise of working out the who and what of this excellent thriller. Reviews and further details will be posted here shortly, meanwhile here are some pictures and early comments to whet your appetite.

The Cast
Gavin Jones (Charley Mirren) and Rob Colbeck (Inspector Fremont)
David Pritchard (Hugo)
Shell Peart (Constable Walters) and Jane Claire (Jessica Bligh)
Anne Davies (Diane)
Owen Carey-Jones (Paul)
The cast and backstage crew

Audience reactions to Murder Weapon:


“Well done. It was brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening.”


“We loved the play last night. Well done! Looking forward to the next one!”


“Really enjoyed the play, it was fantastic.”


“Lovely to see so many of you at the play last night - we were treated to another excellent performance, with secrets unfolding in front of our very eyes, as all was not as it first seemed!  A good denouement and some strong performances!”


“You should be very proud. Impressive.”


Jessica Bligh                        Jane Claire

Inspector Fremont                Robert Colbeck    

WPC Walters                        Shell Peart

Charley Mirren                     Gavin Jones

Hugo                                   David Pritchard

Diane                                   Anne Davies

Paul                                     Owen Carey- Jones



                                Dianne Newby

Set Design                            David Newby

Stage Manager                      Ron Darby

                                 Pat Riley

                                William Andrews

                                   Beth Duce


                            Jane Gorton, Carol Crossfield,                           Anne Connor

Set Construction             David Newby, Ron DarbyRobert Colbeck, Mike Andrews, Declan Gallagher

Advertising & Publicity     Shell Peart

Front of House                Anne & Mike Andrews,  Alan Foale, Bernard Riley and Members
 of Adel Players

JUST IN: Review of "Murder Weapon" for Adel Bells

Many thanks to John Hartley for this kind review which will appear in the local magazine, "Adel Bells"

Brian Clemens, famous for creating the popular TV series "The Avengers", wrote this spell binding thriller. Dianne Newby, director for this new season opener, strongly believes that for a cast to excel and make their performances credible they must work hard on the background of their characters. I can confirm that she has been highly successful in achieving her aim.

The play was an intriguing and compelling thriller. At the heart of the action was a convicted murderer Charley Mirren. It is set in one location but the audience are taken back in time in a series of flashbacks thanks to excellent work by the stage and lighting crew. Charley is a disturbed, confused and inadequate personality, yet the convincing portrayal by Gavin Jones won both empathy and sympathy from the audience. The banter and tension between the Chief Constable and her Inspector, played respectively by Jane Claire and Rob Colbeck, provided the thread between the twists and turns as they try to figure out who did what and when. Love interest was on show with the feisty Diane (Anne Davies), whilst David Pritchard took on the role of friend and betrayer, and Owen Carey Jones portrayed Diane’s husband Paul, the eventual murder victim.

The audience reaction at the end of the play was extremely favourable. "I thoroughly enjoyed it" and "A great night out" were typical comments as folk went happily on their way home. If you haven't been to an Adel Players performance at the Adel War Memorial Hall you have certainly missed a trick. Just pick your genre, sit back and enjoy a great evening's entertainment. Next up is Alan Ayckbourn’s “Improbable Fiction” -playing 25-28 January 2017.

~ ~ ~ John Hartley

When Chief Constable Jessica Bligh accompanies her friend Diana home to Dysart Hall after an evening at the opera they are greeted by a horrifying sight.  Diana’s husband has been shot dead, and ex-convict Charley Mirren is standing over the body holding a gun. Surely an open and shut case?  The Chief Constable’s world-weary colleague Inspector Fremont certainly thinks so.  But Jessica Bligh isn’t so sure.  She begins to dig deeper and, through a series of flashbacks of events leading up to Paul’s death, the audience finds it is not just the murderer’s identify that is in question. Written by Brian Clemens, of Avengers fame, this ingenious thriller has more than enough twists and turns to keep you right on the edge of your seat.

STOP PRESS!: Adel Players land prestigious awards in the 2016 Wharfedale Festival of Theatre.

We are delighted that our work has been recognized once again with several awards in the most recent Wharfedale Festival of Theatre. Our festival entry was the October 2015 production of Journey's End, and the awards announced at the gala festival evening were as follows:


Best Actor:                              James Willstrop

Best Supporting Actor:           David Pritchard

Best Stage Presentation:        Beth Duce and Shell Peart

Best Programme

Best Play                               


To put this win into context, we were up against entries from 10 other drama groups as Drama (Adults) is easily the largest section of the Festival. Our thanks go to the director, Bernard Riley, and the rest of his production team who worked so hard to bring this about. And our congratulations of course to all the actors whose ensemble work made for a truly moving and memorable production. All concerned were determined to make sure we honoured the memory of those who served and died in the conflict this play depicts, and we are pleased that these awards reflect that determination.

James Willstrop and Mike Andrews in Journey's End


Many congratulations to the cast and crew of The Raffles Affair, our latest Murder Mystery written by our own Andy Sneddon. There were sell out performances on 27 May at the Robert Craven Memorial Hall in Bramhope and then the following evening at AWMA. Setting the mystery in Singapore at the end of British colonial rule, Andy gave us glamour as well as intrigue and as usual it was great fun wading through the red herrings! We were delighted that the two performances raised just shy of £2000 which will provide a very welcome boost to AWMA funds, so thanks as always to our loyal patrons as well as all our good friends in the badminton section who provided catering, some in full evening dress!


Here are some pictures from one of the rehearsals and a reminder of the poster- with many thanks to Ed Hoskin of Ziss Design for his work on this.


And for a review which gives a great feel for these evenings, click here.

For more pictures, reviews and notes of recent productions click here

Video clips from 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

Watch highlights of our April 2014 production - click here for more clips and further information.

FOUR Festival of Theatre awards for 'If I Were You'!