23-26 January 2013
By Alan Ayckbourn, Directed by Mike Andrews
Bedroom Farce played to sell-out audiences for all four of its performances in January and was as much fun for the actors as it was for those who came to see it.
Many thanks to all those patrons who braved the elements to get to us and who cheerfully dug their cars out of the snow-bound car park on Friday night!
Our thanks also to Andy Sneddon for these great pictures from the show, and to Andy Smith for the video clips.
Cast and crew lists, audience responses and director's notes below. To read a critique of this production, click here to access our Reviews page.
ERNEST Bernard Riley
DELIA Pat Riley
NICK Jon Holmes
JAN Rachel Newby
MALCOLM Owen Carey-Jones
KATE Carol Crossfield
TREVOR Gavin Jones
SUSANNAH Stella Garside
Director Mike Andrews
Assistant Director Andrew Sneddon
Stage Manager Chris Andrews
Assistant Stage Managers Ron Darby, David Newby,
Robert Colbeck, Peter Stringer
Props Anne Andrews, Dianne Newby
Lighting Andy Smith, Will Andrews
Sound Sam Delves
Prompt Ange Smith
Front of House Alan Foale, Trish Underwood
and members of the Adel Players
"Greatly enjoyed the first night of 'Bedroom Farce'. Good to see a full house on Wednesday evening: no doubt your other performances will be equally well-attended and enjoyed by all." A.G.
"Please pass on our congratulations to the cast and backroom people for Bedroom Farce. We thoroughly enjoyed the production- very well done and amusing/funny. Some years ago we saw this at The Grand in Leeds with various well known actors and found it very disappointing - quite bland and dry. All the best to the company for the future." J&A.R.
"Bedroom Farce by Adel Players is brilliant, very funny and the audience clearly loved it. All the actors were first class, Trevor was a star!" B.A.
DIRECTOR'S NOTES by Mike Andrews
Alan Ayckbourn is one of our most prolific playwrights and the Adel Players have been privileged to perform many of his works over the past 35 years.
Since Bedroom Farce was first released for amateurs in the late 1970s, the society has wanted to produce its own version but we have always been defeated by the staging.
How do you accommodate three double beds, plus sundry other furniture (and the actors of course!) in such a way that the audience can see all of the action? Our stage is not wide enough and prior to this year, the lighting in the main body of the Hall was insufficient to enable us to perform it in the round.
I freely admit to having spent many a sleepless night trying to work out the best way of ensuring our audience enjoy the production and I hope we have succeeded as far as the layout of our auditorium will allow.
In particular, I would like to thank our many patrons for the financial support that has enabled us to purchase our new lighting rig (securely suspended above you), construct new scenery flats and install an induction loop for those whose hearing is impaired. A new sound system will be installed in the next few months.
Bedroom Farce was first written and performed in 1975 and we have decided to set it in the same era, when there were no mobile phones, internet access or satellite television. Unfortunately we had very high inflation, power cuts and the Austin Allegro!
There was also another item as ubiquitous today as it was then – self-assembly furniture with incomprehensible instructions! So, while many things change for better or worse, others definitely remain the same.
We thank you again for your continued support.