Saddleworth Players

Why don’t you try it?

How do? My name is Andy Hoyle and I am playing Leslie Dixon in Saddleworth Player’s production of The Cracked Pot.

I’ve been in two other productions here; I played the Arthur Fitton in All In Good Time, a young newlywed struggling to consummate his marriage (don’t ask me why the casting committee thought of me, I’m sure it wasn’t personal). I also played Tom in Accrington Pals, an insecure socialist (they got half of it right - I’m not insecure, honestly, ask my therapist).

A point to be made about the cast in this production is the age range. There are three of us under 25, then there’s a second group who are approaching middle age (I’m being polite – they’re well past it but I don’t want to upset anyone). There’s a third group who are pensioners (this is true – they qualify for a free bus pass) – then there’s Frank who is about 103! I’m kidding Frank.

The ensemble cast have differing levels of experience, interests, jobs, life experiences … the list continues. When else would you get a situation to socialise in a group this diverse? It really is a joy to spend time with a good cast. Aside from the silly prancing about we all do onstage which the audience see, a production is about a whole lot more.

Yes, three nights a week rehearsing seems like a commitment, but it really doesn’t seem so when the communal spirit among the cast is so strong. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people in the bar afterwards saying, “I could never get up on stage”. This not only reflects how much time I spend in the bar, but also how daunting the world of acting may seem to some people.

“Why don’t you try it?” is perhaps the best reply. Saddleworth Players is such a friendly, welcoming theatre and always open to new cast members (Alex Farkas playing the lead role for example). If you wish to be onstage I can’t stress enough how rewarding it is.

It’s about more than just learning lines and formulating character. Of course this is important, but theatre is leisure. We crack jokes, we have a laugh, we make friends, and we have a drink in the bar afterwards (Jo, you still owe me one).We do this for fun! And honestly, we don’t take ourselves all that serious.

No matter what age you are, if you have lots of experience or none at all, let somebody at the theatre know you’re interested. It will be a decision that you won’t regret. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll be approached afterwards by somebody saying to you “I could never get up onstage”. If that’s the case, you know your response.

You can thank me later.

Any Hoyle, Feb 6, 2016