‘The Dressing Book’ – Outdoor theatre with The Rudes Mechanical Theatre – Sunday June 16

The Rudes are back with their 30th production! The Dressing Book will tour to 44 venues across Southern England between June 5th and August 11th 2024. Originally written for three actors and six puppets, this new production of a Rudes Classic has now been re-written for six actors and features a cast of some of your favourite Rude performers. We have also added lots of music with some great new songs, so be sure not to miss it!

The Dressing Book is variously both an hilarious comedy, but equally provocative, poetic and tender. It is set in the late 18th Century in Tunbridge Wells but plays games with time and social status and has a twist in the tail. It follows the ‘social round’ of Maybelline Erstwhile who records whichdresses she wears for each event in her ‘dressing book’ – and the men she encounters while wearing them. The play opens a window on the way clothes were – and still are – a means by which men could control the separated public and private worlds of women. Has anything changed? Through a process of ‘magic realism’ the action changes to the 1960’s and Maybelline’s clothes, which had been her prison, now set her free. We think you are going to like it!

Egerton Park, Egerton Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 3HN

Starts 7.30pm. Visit www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk or ring 01323 501260. Bring your own chairs or rugs and a picnic.