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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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STOP PRESS: "Murder Weapon" selling out...

Yes: we are now full for Saturday's performance of our next play (see below). Friday is selling fast! So if you want to book for "Murder Weapon" don't delay. Click here to get in touch.

OUR NEXT PRODUCTION: Murder Weapon by Brian Clemens

19-22 October 2016, directed by Dianne Newby

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 is likely to prove very popular, so book early (here) to avoid disappointment!

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 this year's 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.

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!


Bumper haul of silver for Adel Players in the 2015 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

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'!