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Relatively Speaking 21-24 January 2015...Pictures and reviews of our latest production now posted!
Many thanks to all our audience members who braved chilly January conditions to see this hilarious comedy directed by our own Beth Duce. Nearly 500 0f you came to see the play and we are grateful as always for the very positive feedback we have had. You can see production pictures here along with some of the kind thoughts that have been shared about the show.
Production Pictures from Relatively Speaking
Relatively Speaking: Director' notes
Written in 1965, Relatively Speaking was originally conceived when Scarborough’s late great Stephen Joseph asked Ayckbourn to write a play which would simply make people laugh - especially when their seaside summer holidays were spoiled by the rain and they came into the theatre to get dry before trudging back to their landladies!
Thankfully, the predictable English climate brought plenty of customers into the Library Theatre in Scarborough for the World Premiere in July 1965. At the London Premiere two years later it enjoyed rave reviews and launched Ayckbourn as one of the most prolific and popular writers of comedy drama in the modern era. Between 1970 and 2000 there was at least one and sometimes as many as five Ayckbourn plays being performed every year in London's West End. In 2013 Relatively Speaking enjoyed its London revival after 46 years!
The setting is the "Swinging 60s" when Britain was in the grip of a cultural & pop revolution with 'Beatle mania' at its height. The first baby boomers were coming of age and with them a new generation of adults were free to escape the past. Against this background, Relatively Speaking is a comedy about relationships, infidelity and misunderstandings where Ayckbourn fully exposes the genteel politeness of the British middle class. He was able to do this thanks largely to the imprecision of the English language and the peculiar reticence endemic to British culture, which encourages the sort of mistaken-identity plotting Ayckbourn has mastered, and which leaves largely unspoken the painful truths of his characters' lives.
Very much reflecting the times, Ginny is a young woman with a very busy love life. Greg wants to marry her but there are complications. When Greg tries to seek the approval of Ginny’s parents, he sets in motion a train of misunderstandings that create the comic bedrock of this hilarious play.
Beth Duce, Director
NEW! Adel Bell's review of Relatively Speaking, Jan 2015
By Ann Lightman
The gloom of a cold dark January was lifted by an Adel Players production of Alan Ayckbourn’s “Relatively Speaking”. I would imagine it was a challenging play for the cast of four – fast-paced, almost entirely verbal humour, split pretty equally between two young actors – Helen Duce and Matthew Newby and two from the generation above, Dianne Newby and David Lancaster. All were faultless and convincing in their characters...no mean feat with such a lot to memorise. We are just so lucky that Adel Players have people capable of this professionalism –especially the younger actors, for the sake of authenticity in this play but also for the future of the Players.
The play was performed “in the round” which adds to the intimacy and must resolve any problems re seeing and hearing the play (and there is a loop system in operation). This had an unexpected bonus for me in that there was just one major scenery change – which one could watch and it was fascinating to see quite how many people (many recognisable from previous productions/front of house etc) were involved...something that goes unnoticed if behind a curtain. This reinforced just how much care had gone into the staging – we were immediately back to the “Swinging Sixties” with a Beatles soundtrack, lurid floral duvet cover, micro-mini- skirt and white boots. Most of the audience were on a nostalgia trip straight away – well O.K. I certainly was! Congratulations to Director, Beth Duce and a large and very capable team.
The title made sense – in retrospect at least, as this play was based on mistaken identities amongst the cast, but with the audience coming pretty quickly to realise the true situation, leading to much hilarity. It was in effect a farce, but without a lot of physical humour which that implies. Based in the Sixties, it didn’t feel particularly dated to me at least, though perhaps times have changed a little since then! All in all a fun, enjoyable evening which just flew by especially in the second half by which time the characters had been established and one could just enjoy the comedy.
Audience reaction to the show
'Congratulations to everyone involved with Relatively Speaking - outstanding entertainment! Loved
the 60s setting and the performances from your 'fab four' were truly groovy ;)'
'Still giggling after an amazing performance last night by Adel Players! Just the right mix of confusion, debauchery, and hilarity - well done guys!'
'Thank you, thank you, thank you!'
We were delighted that a couple who saw the 1st production of 'Relatively Speaking' at the Library Theatre in Scarborough, 1965 (directed by Stephen Joseph himself) were able to join us- and even more so that they thoroughly enjoyed our production!
More production shots...
Greg Matthew Newby
Ginny Helen Duce
Sheila Dianne Newby
Philip David Lancaster
Assistant Director David Newby
Stage Manager Shell Peart
Prompt Pat Riley
Props Stella Garside, Jane Gorton and Carol Crossfield
Siund Robert Colbeck
Set construction David Newby, Ron Darby, Arthur Duce, Peter Stringer,
Vivienne Stringer and Mike Andrews
Advertising & Publicity Shell Peart and Helen Duce
Front of House Anne & Mike Andrews, Alan Foale and members of
Our next production: "The Game" by Harold Brighouse
For our next show, Adel Players will perform Harold Brighouse’s hilarious comedy of football, finance and family life “The Game” at Adel Memorial Hall from Wednesday 22–Saturday 25 April 2015 (starting at 7.30 pm).
The star of Blackton Rovers is in love with the boss’ daughter but the boss has transferred him to a rival team in order to raise money which may save the club from ruin. The situation is desperate. Will true love win out over money? Will our hero’s honour be saved? And what will his redoubtable mother have to say about it?
Adel Bells' review of 'Rutherford & Son' October 2014
"An excellent production... every aspect was superb... I am still thinking about the messages it contained..."
A BIG THANK YOU to all our audience members who came to see 'Rutherford & Son'.
This powerful Edwardian drama, written in 1912 by Githa Sowerby, was one of our most ambitious productions to date.
Through the hard work of director Pat Riley, her dedicated cast and a huge Adel Players 'team effort' in set design, lighting, sound, props, front-of-house and various other key jobs, we are now able to reflect on a highly satisfying start to our 2014/15 season.
Here's some of the messages we have received...
- "This was truly outstanding drama... we marvel at the ability of your team."
- "Hearty congratulations on a splendid and riveting production. I'm so glad I came."
- "They couldn't have done it better at the Grand or the Playhouse - it was blooming marvellous!"
- "Thank you for what was a truly amazing performance."
- "A very good and most enjoyable play."
- "How do they manage to put such a fab set together? It was a fantastic set!"
- "Thank you for an enthralling evening - many congratulations to cast and team."
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