Wurzels play gets debut

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 March 2015

Alex Dunbar as Adge Cutler

Alex Dunbar as Adge Cutler


A play based on the life and music of a Wurzels legend is to be performed for the first time at Clevedon’s Curzon.

Scrumpy and Western: The Life and Times of Adge Cutler is a production written by playwrights Tom Henry and Shaun McCarthy and follows the band’s 1966 recording of their debut album at Nailsea’s Royal Oak pub and features flashbacks to Adge’s life and the inspiration for his songs.

Alex Dunbar, an actor who plays the role of Adge, said: “This is a great role and the play pays tribute to the kind of characters you still find around Somerset to this day - funny, resourceful and with a real sense of identity and love for the area.

“Through his songs Adge Cutler really tapped into all that, which is why they’re so popular today. He could celebrate the Somerset way of life and send it up at the same time, and that’s quite a feat.”

The play, being staged by Hooligan Theatre Productions, was awarded an Arts Council grant which meant six professional actors, a director and musical director could be employed to put on this rehearsed reading. The company hopes further funding will allow it to go into full production later this year.

The play will be premiered at the Curzon cinema at 7.30pm on March 6. To book tickets visit www.curzon.org.uk or call 01275 871000.

It is hoped anyone attending will get into the spirit by dressing up Wurzel-style for the evening.

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