The Glee Club

'The Glee Club' was performed at The Library Theatre, Manchester September 19th to October 18th 2008.

In rehearsals, above

(l to r) Jack Lord, John Elkington, Robert Emms, Philip Cox, Stephen McGann & Andrew Whitehead.

The Cast

Jack Horsfall.........................................................................Stephen McGann

Bant (Bantam)......................................................................................Philip Cox

Scobie Glossop..........................................................................John Elkington

Colin Wrigglesworth.................................................................Robert Emms

Walt Hemmings..................................................................................Jack Lord

Phil Newsome....................................................................Andrew Whitehead

'The Glee Club' is set in Edlington - a mining village on the outskirts of Doncaster, South Yorkshire in the summer of 1962.

Review

Out of the darkness came six voices, singing the 1920's song 'Side by Side' and this was our introduction to 'The Glee Club'.

These men, miners all, work together by day

 and sing together by night. The play tells of a brief period in time when their lives are irrevocably changed. Each of them faces a personal challenge which tests them and their friendships to the limit. Philip, in charge of this unlikely group, finds himself battling against accusations of being too friendly with the choir boys he also teaches. Scobie is struggling with an ever growing family and a demanding wife and Bant is desperately trying to work out why his wife left him and spends an unhealthy amount of time following her and her new partner. Then there is Walt, trying to absolve his guilt about leaving his children with others after his wife's untimely death and the youngster of the group, Colin, who is passing time whilst waiting for his career as a Rock and Roll star to take off. Stephen plays the role of Jack, unwitting confidante of Philip, who risks his marriage due to his involvement with the daughter of the local doctor,

The singing was beautiful and there were many comedic moments throughout the play. The acting was strong and gritty, as was the language, but like the nudity it all had it's place and never felt gratuitous.

The setting of the theatre made this a very intimate production and whilst being very thought provoking and raising many questions on how we each deal with personal hardships this was an incredibly enjoyable evenings entertainment.

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