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STOP PRESS! Pictures and reviews from our latest show, "The Game"
Once again Adel Players enjoyed great support from its audiences with our latest production, The Game by Harold Brighouse which concluded its run on Saturday 25th April. Making his debut as Director for this play, we are indebted to Alan Foale for all his hard work in getting the show ready as well as for "discovering" this little known gem in the first place. Audiences appreciated the distinctly acerbic (and characteristically Northern?) humour and were struck by the surprisingly contemporary feel for a play written in the early 20th century. We hope you enjoy the pictures posted here and we will publish reviews as they become available.
Review of "The Game" by Anne Lightman (for "Adel Bells")
The Players had chosen a 1913 play “The Game” by playwright Harold Brighouse. The title of another of his plays “Hobson’s Choice” has entered the English language as a well-known phrase meaning taking the one offered or nothing! This play, by contrast, has languished unknown until a revival by Northern Broadsides in 2010.
Ostensibly about football, especially throwing a match so that the team are not relegated, it is about much more. In a football-mad northern town – Blackton, Yorkshire, the star of the local football team, Blackton Rovers (played by Chris Andrews) is hero-worshipped by all, particularly the feisty daughter (played by Helen Duce) of the Club owner and former player (played by Robert Colbeck). Her attachment is reciprocated and they plan to marry. The issue of class is examined as is appearance and reality - it transpires that the young couple fell in love with an image of each other...so the ending had a twist! The Victorian idea that the middle class were morally superior to the working class is also turned on its head.
It was a comedy with some superbly funny lines and the comedic highlight was the final act – what a part the mother of the “star” footballer (Carol Crossfield) was given! First entertaining her two friends (Pat Riley & Vivienne Bate) to tea, dressed all in black and chatting about “the good old days” (nothing much changes!) then wiping the floor with the middle-class father of the bride-to-be! It seemed strange that in 1913 the women held the upper hand – but not when one remembers the women’s suffrage movement and that the North was the powerhouse of radical thought – the Labour party was founded in Bradford after all! It was perhaps too modern a play – even football was not properly established, for it to have had a good reception at the outset. One hundred years later it fits in perfectly!
The acting as usual was superb - with a large cast of 12. We are so lucky to have a company that can field this many good actors to enable us to concentrate entirely on the play, not on how it is performed. It was performed in the round, in three Acts and everything ran like clockwork. So “hats off” to the production team (Director Alan Foale) and the front of house team – they had to deal with a full house on each of the nights. Their next production is Journey’s End by RC Sherriff on Weds 21st to Sat. 24th October 2015. Book your seats well in advance... it is billed as the greatest WW1 play ever written.
More production shots
Audience reactions to The Game
"Thank you to all concerned for another wonderful evening's entertainment at Adel Players. A terrific cast, especially Robert, Helen and Chris but you all were very convincing, even though we recognize so many of you from the great number of years that we have happily attended. I hope that you had the celebration party you all deserved and we look forward to our next visit. Please pass on our thanks and congratulations to everyone concerned."
“I have seen many Adel plays - my favourite will always be 'Breaking the Code' - but this play 'The Game' took me completely by surprise - both in terms of content and delivery - it is a close second to 'Breaking the Code' and coming from me - that is one heck of a real compliment!”
Leo Whitworth James Willstrop
Edmund Whitworth Owen Carey Jones
Mrs Barnes Shell Peart
Florence Whitworth Katie Kremin
Elsie Whitworth Helen Duce
Austin Whitworth Robert Colbeck
Jack Metherell Chris Andrews
Hugh Martin Bruce Chalmers
Dr Wells David Pritchard
Mrs Metherell Carol Crossfield
Mrs Wilmot Pat Riley
Mrs Norbury Vivienne Bate
Director Alan Foale
Assistant Director Dianne Newby
Stage Manager David Newby
Assistant Stage Managers Peter Stringer, Matthew Newby
Lighting Will Andrews
Sound Andy Sneddon
Props Beth Duce
Costumes Anne Andrews
Prompt Dianne Newby
Publicity Shell Peart, Helen Duce,
Front of House Anne Andrews, Jane Foale,
Linda and John Sutton,
Viv Stringer, Bernard Riley,
and members of Adel Players
Harold Brighouse’s hilarious comedy of football, finance and family life “The Game”.
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?
And look out for our Murder Mystery, which this year is Point Taken, by our own Andy Sneddon, playing 12 June. See below.
Relatively Speaking, directed by Beth Duce
What our audiences said about Relatively Speaking
'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!
For more pictures, reviews and notes on our sell out production of Relatively Speaking, click here
'Rutherford & Son' October 2014
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.
- "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