We hope you enjoyed our last production- Absurd Person Singular by Alan Ayckbourn

June 2017
Absurd person Singular
by Alan Ayckbourn



January 2017

Murder Mystery: Murder at the Graveside!






2016

James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl,

adapted by David Wood.

We performed James and the Giant Peach at the end of January 2016. 


We received the following review from the local NODA rep:

The combination of Roald Dahl and David Wood is bound to make for a successful show. They both focus on children’s humour and there is always plenty of action to keep the attention focused. The director had added a few well chosen songs to pad out the show and these were short and sweet and didn’t detract from the story.

Brooke Shipley as James did an excellent job portraying a young boy. Her ability to enter into a child’s world was very convincing and she passed her enthusiasm to the rest of the cast. James ends up in the care of his two cruel Aunts after his parents are killed by a rhinoceros. Aunt Sponge(Amanda Shaw)) and Aunt Spiker(Jo Clayton) were very amusing with their constant bickering. James acquires some new friends when he accidently spills a magic potion onto a peach tree in the garden. This results in a giant peach big enough live in and some giant sized insects who befriend him. We had a wise Grasshopper(Tony Clegg) who also provided us with music on the way. There was a centipede with lots of boots(Rob Leach), a very attractive spider(Kathy Jackman), a very miserable worm(Jacquie Briggs), and a lovely ladybird(Jennie Webster). These five individuals were well cast and their characters gave us lots of laughs throughout the show. They were helped along their way by some wonderful seagulls and finally arrived for a new life in New York. There was a strong supporting cast and well done to the children, you could hear every word they said.

The set designer had coped well with this intricate set. To depict all the different scenes is not easy but they had been kept  simple and along with clever props(I loved the sharks) it worked well.

The costumes were excellent especially for the insects and the make-up added to the overall pleasing effect.

There were some good lighting and sound effects to add to the atmosphere.

This was an amusing production and it was lovely to see the children in the audience spellbound by what was happening on stage. Well done to everyone.

On the first night of the performance we were very pleased to welcome the Lord Mayor of Bradford.





2015


As part of Burley Summer Festival we put on a Murder Mystery Dinner in August 2015- entitled Murder at the Belfry.

Alice in Wonderland

We performed Alice in Wonderland in June 2015.

The Court Scene

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Pam Leach, the Director wrote in the programme for Alice in Wonderland:

It is 150 years since Lewis Carroll first published Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and it is still a well loved and popular story today as it was back in 1865. When it was first published, the entire first print run sold out very quickly, with Queen Victoria being one of the early readers. Its appeal lies in the fact that the child is at the centre of the story. We see the world of Wonderland through Alice’s eyes, with its oddities that are quickly accepted by Alice as quite normal, yet we sense her frustration and with it her increasing courage and assertiveness.

It has been an absolute delight to direct this show, our village group really does pull together, not just on the stage but in the numerous preparations to bring any large and complex production to life. It is the combined result of many creative and inspiring members. It is great to welcome some new actors amongst the children, and to see Performance Drama School contributing to the show, who are led by the talented Sue Hughes. I must also mention The Alice Band, our small but very effective group of musicians who are new to the group.

A  representative from NODA ( National Operatic and Dramatic Association) watched the show and wrote this review:

Burley Theatre Group chose to replace their annual pantomime with the popular children’s story of Alice in Wonderland. They had assembled a very strong cast of both young and older experienced members and the result was an amusing and well told story.

The part of Alice (Brooke Shipley) was very well portrayed. She played the part of a little girl with great skill and really brought the script to life. She was well supported by her fellow actors as they took us through this strange story of adventures down a rabbit hole.

There was some delightful dancing from The Performance Drama School and the girls really seemed to be enjoying thamselves. They were accompanied in some of the numbers by The Alice Band, a trio of talented society members who played some original music written by Fay Leach.

The costumes were bright and colourful and specialist make-up was well done. The sets were simple and greatly enhanced by excellent furniture and props.

It still had a pantomime feel to it as we all joined in to sing ‘I’m a Little Teapot’ and we had more audience participation much to the enjoyment of the children in the audience.

A well directed production that flowed smoothly and certainly kept us well entertained.

2014

Habeas Corpus


Habeas Corpus was performed for three nights in October 2014, to very enthusiastic audiences.

A Noda representative watched the play and gave us the following review:

This play could easily be catalogued as a farce as there were trousers falling down, lots of accidental groping and ladies running around in their undies, but Habeas Corpus is much more than a farce. It makes fun of the middle classes who seem to be obsessed with sex and their personal appearance. The Wicksteed family and their affairs brought lots of laughter and yet there were moments when the characters stopped  and shared their thoughts with the audience and some of these were very moving. The play is held together by the housekeeper who links the scenes and keeps the audience informed as to what is happening. There were the standard farcical figures of the dysfunctional family, the pregnant young lady and the lecherous vicar, all contributing to an hilarious story. I couldn’t pick out an individual performance  for praise as all the roles were played to perfection. They fitted their parts perfectly and had obviously worked hard on their characterisations.The skilful direction was obvious in the clever groupings of the cast and the smooth movement from scene to scene.The costumes were well thought out and everything fell off or fell down at the right time.A simple set was all that was needed, a few well chosen seats and black backing, because with all the action on stage there is no need for a complex set.

This was first class entertainment and I love to come away from a production with lots to think about.

Other reviews included the following:

“…Your production was well designed, carefully thought through, and was well presented. The comedy timing of your actors was good and it was well cast. It had been thoroughly rehearsed, with skilful choreography of the scenes that approached slapstick….”

 

“…I spoke with and overheard other members of the audience on Thursday evening so I know I’m not alone in saying that this was one of the best and most ‘professional’ productions I’ve seen on the amateur stage for a while. …”