If I Were You
22-25 January 2014
By Alan Ayckbourn; Directed by Mike Andrews
Winner of FOUR awards at the 2014 Wharfedale Festival of Theatre!
Mary Payne Salver – Second Place Overall in the Adult Drama section
Best Comedy Performance award for David Lancaster as Mal Rodale
Peter Hewitt Trophy – Overall Stage Design and in particular for innovative in-the-round staging and presentation
Award for Ambience Front of House for unfailingly high standards of welcome to all audience members
We were also nominated in the following categories:
BEST DIRECTOR: Mike Andrews
BEST ACTOR: David Lancaster
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Will Andrews
For more on these awards, see News & Notices.
The second play in our 2013/14 season of comedies was the role reversal comedy drama 'If I Were You', written by Alan Ayckbourn in 2006.
Over 475 tickets were sold at Adel Memorial Hall for a challenging production that proved to be a huge hit with our audiences.
The play has also been nominated for FIVE awards at the Wharfedale Festival of Theatre 2014 (see image above for details).
Click here to read a full independent review of the production, courtesy of Adel Bells magazine.
TheCultureVulture.co.uk also reviewed the play, with Rachel Noon praising the "intimate and real" theatre space and "fantastic" acting.
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Cast and Crew
Mal Rodale David Lancaster
Jill Rodale Cal Rake
Sam Rodale Will Andrews
Chrissie Snaith Angie Smith
Dean Snaith Chris Andrews
Director Mike Andrews
Assistant Director Jon Holmes
Stage Manager Andy Smith
Assistant SMs Ron Darby, Peter Stringer
Props Carol Crossfield, Viv Stringer, Dianne Newby
Lighting Andy Smith, David Newby
Sound Sam Delves, Rob Colbeck, David Newby
Prompt Pat Riley
Front of House Anne Andrews and members of Adel Players
Last year, we sent out a questionnaire to our patrons and one section asked for the type of play preferred. Most replies opted for comedy and many mentioned Sir Alan Ayckbourn by name. We always like feedback from our audiences and so several of his scripts were read before I decided to direct 'If I Were You'.
Premiered in Scarborough in 2006, I find this to be a lively challenging play exploring an ordinary family and the pressures and tensions within a stale marriage. How many times have we heard that men never understand women, and vice versa? So, if you had the opportunity to look through the eyes of your partner, what would you see?
One morning, Mal and Jill wake up in each other's bodies and start to perceive their family in a different light. As usual, Sir Alan deftly deals with a number of serious issues in his own inimitable way and with plenty of humour. For me, this play is far more relevant today than his earlier works and is a return to form after several darker dramas.
I had the pleasure of seeing his latest production, 'Arrivals and Departures', in September and his observations of human nature continue to enthral his audiences (possibly one for Adel in the future!).
Producing a play 'in the round' is always a challenge and I hope we have done all we can to ensure you have an uninterrupted view of the playing area. From an acting point of view, the intimacy of this type of theatre is one of the benefits and we will continue to develop the format in the future.
Thank you for your continued support.
"Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the production last week. It was definitely the very best performance that we have ever seen at Adel. Truly excellent - please pass our congratulations on to all concerned" - TC
"The play was brilliant - superbly acted, very funny and clever scenery. Very well done to the whole team" - AG
"I thoroughly enjoyed the latest production 'If I Were You'. Very well done as usual" - AB
"We thought 'If I Were You' was one of the best plays we have seen in 20 years of watching Adel Players' performances! Great acting and very funny" - JB
"Congratulations to all concerned for last night's performance at Adel. We four really enjoyed the play" - SE
"Many congrats on 'If I Were You'... a real comedy treat! Haven't laughed so much in ages" - KD