DON’T FORGET THE ANNUAL BBQ WILL BE A WEEK ON SATURDAY JUNE 24th.

As usual it will be at the theatre starting at 6.30 . Even if the weather is bad, the show goes on inside. This is a great event with fab food and a great karaoke. £6 for members and only £8 pounds for guests. Burgers, sausages, pork, chicken, steaks etc and loads of salads. Sweets of ice cream, apple pie, gateaux.

Please let me know if you are coming, no later than Wednesday 21st. On 483 9796 or email rodlambert1@gmail.com

Rod Lambert

Wilmslow Guild’s One-Act Festival awards have been announced tonight and….YES, WE HAVE ANOTHER AWARD!!!!! Congratulations to Barbara and Margaret who have won the Adjudicator’s Award.
GO PLAYERS!!!
Awards for both our Youth and Adult entries!
Proud to be Players Theatre in Cheadle Hulme!
Friendly, welcoming and bursting with talent!

“Players Youth Theatre wins 4 awards at tonight’s Greater Manchester Drama Federation 1 Act festival finals night.
a) Best Youth Production - Homefront Wedding
b) Best Presentation in Festival - Homefront Wedding
c) Best Youth actress Tasha Dunn - Homefront Wedding
d) Youth Certificate of Merit Toby Metcalf Homefront Wedding
WELL DONE TO ALL PLAYERS YOUTH THEATRE. A TRULY REMARKABLE TEAM OF YOUNG ACTORS WHO MAKE MY HEART SING.

Congratulations to Pam Lambert and Victoria Worsley for the beautiful presentation of wardrobe and props.
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard for the play.”

 
Barbara Harris (PYT Director)
Sat 10 June 2017
 
Tonight saw Players Theatre gain a number of awards at the final night of GMDF ONE-ACT festival.
They are as follows:
SECTION B
The Nan Nuttall Trophy for best production “Home Front Wedding ” by our Youth Theatre.
Bertram Holland Trophy for best performance went to Tasha Dunn in “Home Front Wedding.
Certificate of Merit went to Toby Metcalfe.
SECTION C
Certificate of Merit to Charlotte Morgan for her role in “Slim Chance”.
The Julie Emmanuel Trophy for Best Comedy Performance went jointly to Barbara Harris and Margaret Williams. 
Cliff Walker Trophy for Best Presentation went to “Home Front Wedding”.
We are very proud of the standard of our actors and actresses both young and not so young. Well done to all!!!!
Val Middleton-Egan (President)

Well, what a fantastic achievement! Players have received a total of 12 nominations in the GMDF Full Length Festival. To put our number into perspective, there were 40 societies receiving nominations this year. Our 12 puts us at the top of the table for Drama nominations (the only theatre with a higher number of nominations than us was a Musical society), so I think we can be very proud of all involved in putting Players on the map and making this year such a great success. Let’s hope we can bring home some trophies.

Neil Simon is one of the great American playwrights, with over thirty plays to his credit from Come Blow Your Horn in 1961 to his final play in 2004 Oscar and Felix, A New Look At The Odd Couple. In there are a great many well-known plays and film adaptations including Barefoot In The Park, The Odd Couple and California Suite.  His bittersweet comedies are often drawn from his own experiences growing up as part of a Jewish family in New York. Lost In Yonkers was first produced in 1991 and won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

It is Yonkers, Brooklyn in 1942 and America has joined the Second World War.  Eddie Kurnitz is here to talk to his mother, he needs a favour.  His wife’s illness and subsequent death has left him in debt to loan sharks and he must take a job in the Southern States to pay off his debtors.  But he cannot take his two sons, Jay who is fifteen and a half and Arty thirteen and a half, with him. He needs his mother to house the two boys but she is no sweet old lady, instead a formidable German Jewish matriarch.  Left with their grandmother, child-like Aunt Bella, low level hood Uncle Louie and nervy Aunt Gert, life isn’t easy for the two teenagers.

As the two teenage brothers Rob McGregor (Jay) and Paddy Bever (Arty) are excellent, giving confident assured performances well in advance of their somewhat tender years. A great deal of the narrative falls to the two boys and the pair carry it off with aplomb.  Ian Wilkinson as their father Eddie gives a nicely rounded performance while Lee McGregor as Uncle Louie has the failed gangster character to a tee.  Debbie Burnett finds the empathy in the little used character Aunt Gert, it always seems a shame that the character seems so underused.

But this is a night that belongs to the two female leads. Geraldine Grieve makes the redoubtable Grandma Kurnitz a dominating, intimidating woman, standing tall and controlling all around her by strict rules with no love or compassion shown.  However as the play continues the cracks are shown but never overplayed. Sarah Howsam’s Aunt Bella is the perfect foil.  A beautiful dreamer, she is still child-like in many ways due to diminished mental development, but she has the same core of steel as her mother.  Miss Howsam creates the perfect Bella from excitable child to strong woman, and her speech on how she is caught between her emotional development and physical desires as a woman is very emotional.

Neil Simon wrote strong characters in a difficult situation for Lost in Yonkers.  Humour, pathos and drama weave into one amazing play and Director David Ward and the cast at the Player’s Theatre have put together an excellent production.

Reviewer: Helen Jones

Reviewed: 13th May 2017 North West End

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