New theatre inspired by the Commedia dell’Arte

The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company has been creating original theatre inspired by the traditions and style of the Commedia dell’Arte since 1999. We work outdoors in the summer months mainly ┬áin villages and also a few towns across Southern England from Kent to Devon creating strong relationships with communities. We believe in the power of storytelling to bring communities together, giving a reason for people to be together and share in an experience which stimulates the mind, heals through laughter, and educates through thought-provoking subject-matter. Although our style is rooted in a genre which is hundreds of years old the stories always reflect what matters to people now. We also tour indoors occasionally in the winter and it is our aim to do more of this in the future.

The latest from the Rudes

Being deepest winter at the moment (Not that it is very wintry! Where’s the snow?) the Rudes’ regular actors are all spread out around the country in Christmas plays and panto. See our Twitter account. But things are still going on here in the office. Seeds have been sown for next summer’s outdoor tour. Venues have been signed up. There will be fifty-two performances at fifty-one venues across the South and South East of England. The new play will be announced in the New Year, but the title has been decided and writing is well under way.

See ‘Pete’s blog’ for the latest information about the Rudes