Yorkshire vs Lancashire
In a small town, a family heirloom is smashed. Its owner, Martha, believes the guilty party to be her daughter's fiancé, and she wants the local judge, Adam, to have him convicted. But there are strong hints that Adam himself is to blame, and we watch him desperately shifting suspicion away from himself. Unfortunately for Adam, a visiting magistrate from Manchester is watching, too – will Adam get away with it?
Kleist's comedy has echoes of Oedipus, where the hero conducting the investigation is himself guilty of the crime, but the tone is resolutely comic. Judge Adam is both judge and villain in the raucous farce of a court case that ensues.
Under the watchful eyes of Manchester Judge Walter Clegg, the law is turned on its head in a chaotic hearing where Judge Adam uses every corrupt trick in the book, from blackmail to barefaced lies, in order to extricate himself from the increasingly damning evidence.
Populated by a clutch of wickedly funny characters, The Cracked Pot is a riotous comedy set in deepest Yorkshire, positively crackling with northern wit and steeped in earthy satire on small town corruption. Kleist's comedy has echoes of Oedipus, where the hero conducting the investigation is himself guilty of the crime, but the tone is resolutely comic.
A version of Heinrich von Kleist's Der Zerbrochene Krug, normally translated as ‘The Broken Jug', The Cracked Pot shifts the action from eighteenth-century Utrecht to Skipton, circa 1810. After its run at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 1995, the play went on tour the following year – and was revived again in 2001, when it toured with Oedipus. Saddleworth Players production starts on 30th January 2016.
Andrew Mann, Jan 13, 2016