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Founded in 1945, Adel Players is an amateur drama group with at present over 40 members. We put on three plays a year in our own theatre space at the Adel Memorial Hall in north Leeds as part of the Adel Sports and Social Club. Find out more at About Us.

 

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OUR NEXT EVENT: "The Raffles Affair"!

Saturday, 28 May 2016, 7.30 pm at Adel Memorial Hall, Church Lane LS16 8DF

Fancy an evening of murder, mystery and intrigue? Interested in getting away from Adel and experiencing a little of the Orient? Then look no further than the latest in our successful series of Murder Mystery evenings. Penned by our own Andy Sneddon, this thriller is set in the world-famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore and it is sure to get the grey matter in good shape as you sift through the clues- and the odd red herring! As usual prizes and refreshments will be available throughout the evening and of course all proceeds will go to AWMA funds. Book early to avoid disappointment: see options for doing so by clicking here.

OUR LATEST SHOW: Female of the Species

Directed by Dianne Newby, the curtain came down on this production on 23 April and we were thrilled to have over 400 audience members supporting us once again. 

As usual, audience feedback and reviews will feature here shortly but in the meantime we hope you enjoy this selection of production stills (below the poster) which aim to capture some of the enjoyment of the show experienced by audience members and actors alike.

Pat Riley as Margot
Jane Claire as Molly and David Pritchard as Bryan
Owen Carey Jones as Theo
Matthew Newby as Frank and Jane Gorton as Tess

"Adel Bells" review of Female of the Species

Our thanks to Dorothy Frost for this review published in the magazine "Adel Bells":

 

This was quite a different choice of play for Adel Players, in that the majority of the action was played by females - after all, the title was “The Female of the Species” and the first hour was a scene between two women.

 

It was a comedy based loosely on Germaine Greer’s being held hostage in 2000 by a student. The two main characters were an author (female) and her former, adoring student, whose life had been totally influenced by the ideology of her tutor. This adoration had gradually turned to hatred and the student’s appearance was for the purpose of killing her former tutor, whom she handcuffed, for most of the rest of the play, to the author’s desk and pulled a gun on her!

 

The author’s daughter appeared (by taxi, the relevance of which we would learn later), bringing her own problems which she too blamed on her author mother.

 

The second act introduced the men: daughter’s husband, troubled taxi-driver and the author’s desperate publisher, each announcing as they entered that there was a cow sitting on the doorstep! So, you can imagine the confusion as the battle of the sexes continued to evolve.

 

What was most admirable was the actor’s ability to keep the complicated dialogue flowing. Well done once again, Adel Players!

 

Dorothy Frost

 

And thanks to Jenny Jones for this brief but very welcome appreciation:

 

Fascinating play with amazingly long pieces of dialogue executed without falter. Professional amateurs!

 

SITUATION COMEDY PLAYS TO PACKED AUDIENCES

Situation Comedy concluded a very successful run with a final performance on 23 January 2016  Directed by Mike Andrews, this classic romp brought in capacity audiences for the last three nights and we  had some very kind feedback from those who braved the cold and wet January weather to get along and see the show. Here are some audience reactions and pictures to give you a taste of what nearly 500 of our loyal patrons enjoyed. Our thanks to  Chris Andrews who took many of these shots.

Audience Reactions:

 

"My friends and I had a riot at Situation Comedy, it was really brilliant and an ideal tonic for the January blues!"

 

"Just had to drop you a note to say how much we enjoyed Saturday’s performance.  It’s a while since I have cried with laughter.  The whole thing was superbly done and highly amusing.  Thanks to all concerned."

 

“Situation Comedy was v good.  David Lancaster and Jane Gorton were excellent.  Great comic timing.”

 

"Just to say we thought...Situation Comedy... was excellent. A thoroughly professional performance (I'm including the staging, lighting, sound etc as well as the acting) and very enjoyable."

 

Arthur makes good (L-R, Janet Porter, Gavin Jones and Jane Gorton)
Advice from your friendly agent...(David Lancaster and Alan Foale)
Miss Trotter dishes the dirt (Gavin Jones and Jane Claire)

Reviews of Situation Comedy

Our thanks to the publishers of Adel Bells for these two reviews of our recent production:

 

The versatility of Adel Players never ceases to impress. From within its ranks it has directors and actors who are capable of interpreting with success a wide spectrum of plays. Situation Comedy by Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke, a challenging fast-moving comedy, again enabled Adel Players to demonstrate their professionalism. The play is constructed around the lives of two TV scriptwriters, Charles Summerskill (David Lancaster) and Arthur Grey (Gavin Jones) and their respective wives, Doris (Janet Porter) and Beryl (Jane Gorton). Doris is a lady more interested in routine domestic duties than the marriage bed while Beryl’s interests are strongly focussed on the bed- room and material pleasures rather than household duties. The Greys join the Summerskills for a social evening in the course of which Arthur Grey “lubricates” the evening with an impressive range of home-made wines. The effect of the alcohol leads to some confusion and in the ensuing alcoholic haze there is an inadvertent wife-swap. Initially this swap suits both of the men because of the new skills brought to their households. Although Charles and Beryl consummate their union Charles is clearly unhappy over Beryl’s extravagance and complete lack of culinary skills. In his turn Arthur enjoys a vastly improved diet but is unable to persuade Doris to consummate their relationship, and he comes to miss the pleasures of the bedroom. After a short time the new elements introduced into their lives by the swap lose attraction and the wives return to their legal partners. Successfully linking together the unfolding story was impresario Maurice (Alan Foale) and the local gossip Miss Trotter (Jane Claire).

Philip Sumner

The Adel Players certainly give their audiences plenty of variety, from the sombre life of the trenches in Journey’s End, to the present production, a racy farce with a wife swapping theme.

This play was very much of its time and was very reminiscent of the Brian Rix farces at the Whitehall Theatre in London. And did I detect some perspiration on the brows of the male members of the audience as Beryl (Jane Gorton) walked round in her revealing undies?

Expressions such as ‘she has the fastest gums in the west’ went down well with the audience who showed their appreciation by laughing throughout the performance. The audience seemed to particularly enjoy the parody on Yorkshire where the conversation was liberally sprinkled with ‘eh up’ and ‘ow do’ while Abdul (Alan Foale), swinging a sabre enthusiastically over his head, caused alarm in the front row of the audience as they all, involuntarily, ducked. It seems whatever the demands of the production the Adel Players take on the challenge and rise to the demands with conviction. The parts were very well cast while the clarity of the spoken word was excellent. A very enjoyable, production – roll on the next one.

Ann Holmes

Bumper haul of silver for Adel Players in the Wharfedale Festival of Theatre!

The "A" team bring home the booty...

Following a gala awards evening on the 11th of July, we are thrilled that the Wharfedale Festival of Theatre has once more recognized our work with a brace of awards for our festival play, Rutherford and Son.

 

The individual awards are:

 

Best Programme                Shell Peart

Best Supporting Actress     Jane Gorton

Best Cameo                       Dianne Newby

 

For the production as a whole we were delighted to be awarded the Peter Russell Trophy for Technical Excellence and the Mary Payne Salver as runners-up in the award for best production overall. Congratulations to all our winners and nominees and to all the team who made this possible.

 

And if you are one of our loyal patrons thank you for all the support that helped us earn this, and we look forward to seeing you next season!

David Pritchard and Will Andrews in Rutherford

MURDER MYSTERY MAKES A KILLING...

Congratulations to all the cast and crew of Point Taken, the latest Murder Mystery performed by Adel Players on 12 June. Directed with forensic precision by Jane Waites and written by our own Andy Sneddon, the event attracted more than 120 audience members and raised around £1300 towards funds for the Adel War Memorial Association. Our pictures below sum up the reactions of all who took part before and then after the event...

Before...
...and after!

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'!

Murder mystery evenings raise £2500+ for charity!

Read our recap and see more images from our murder mystery play

'It Went To Sudden Death' - and read a review of the entertainment.