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23 Jul 2021 - 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM

The Rude Mechanicals are back!


Outdoor theatre comes to Wadhurst again!

At last, something to get excited about! The wonderful Rude Mechanicals are planning to perform on Wadhurst Primary School field on Friday 23rd July 2021 at 7.30pm. It will be a show to give us a good laugh and raise our spirits – and we all need that! The play will be ‘Little Lily Harley’, postponed from last year, about Charlie Chaplin’s childhood in Lambeth. With a drunken, largely absent but charismatic actor father and a beautiful young actress of a mother with three children by different fathers, he learnt alongside big brother, Sydney, how to survive a very precarious existence. Sometimes fostered by other people, sometimes in a school for destitute children, sometimes separated from Sydney and sometimes living on the street (as a child!), he nevertheless triumphed over all this to become arguably the greatest film actor of all time.

Pete Talbot, the director, says, “When I wrote the play in 2019, I could not have known how apt it would be for today. The message of hope, triumph over pain, through imagination and laughter, is really important for today because people are desperate to see theatre and escape for a while. That is why we must do it.”  Full of music hall and silent movie magic with a great team of professional actor/musicians, this show will make you cry, laugh out loud and release all that tension. Featuring Chaplin’s powerful classic music, ‘Smile’.

Tickets are available online from The Rudes website from 1st March. To allow social distancing, spaces will be limited, so BOOK EARLY! You will get your money back if the show can’t go ahead. Ticket prices favour people booking in bubbles of four or more, so get a group together. Visit www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk for details. The company say that the date might have to be delayed if the rules change but that it is ‘highly likely’ to happen. Watch the company’s website or Facebook page for updates or speak to Jan Lynam on 01892-784475, ring The Rudes on 01323-5012560, or email therudes1948@gmail.com.