Rehearsals begin for The Commercial Traveller
The team have now arrived to begin making our new play, The Commercial Traveller. I say ‘making’ because the job is far from finished when the script is written. We have a new script, of course, written by Pete Talbot, and we have a brilliant new score written by musical director Rowan Talbot, but that is just the beginning. It’s when the actors get on their feet in the studio and start testing it all out that things really begin to happen. Things are changed, other things are kept, polished and brought to life, and other things are made fresh and new as a result of the rehearsal process. ‘Rehearse’ suggests the re-doing of something, but most of what goes on in the five
weeks of rehearsals is brand new. So we must have a great creative team to do that – and we have! There is the brilliant Palli Palsson, who has been with us from the beginning and is our right arm in all things ‘Rudes on the Road’, and wonderful actress and many people’s favourite, Georgie Field. Returning after a few years absence is the hilarious Simon Spencer-Hyde. Then we have our discoveries from last year, the excellent Andre Refig and Miriam Swainsbury. We welcome also for his first Rudes’ tour, someone we know you will love, Andrew Cullum. Then last, but anything but the least, we have our music anchorman, Al Twist! We would also like to welcome a new stage manager all the way from Iceland, Haukur Palsson.
Macbyrd script now on sale
Macbyrd, or a Mischief of Magpies, our Summer 2016 outdoor play, was one of the best received plays we have created and now you can buy it in a lovely limited edition paperback. Set in 1940 Sussex the story is about a power struggle among the birds and is an allegory for the real struggle below as England is threatened by invasion. Change comes from time to time. How do we deal with it? Do we straighten our backs and stick to our principles of decency and right behaviour, or do we become inward looking and threatened and blame every little wrong on a stranger? So it is an allegory for today as well.
Get your copy now by clicking on the Shop above. Costs £9.99 plus p&p.
Tickets on sale now for ‘The Commercial Traveller’!
Tickets are now on sale from this website for our summer outdoor tour of ‘The Commercial Traveller’. You can buy them by following the ‘Book tickets’ tab above, where you will find the full list of venues. Adults are £16, Seniors £15, Students £12, Children £9, and Families (any 2 adults + 2 children 17 & under) £40.
Large group deal – Also, note there is a special deal for groups of ten or more booking together with each person coming for a mere £13. If you are interested in bringing a party, email Pete on email@example.com, or ring 01323-501260 and ask for the ‘Large group deal’.
Coming up this summer our new play –
The Commercial Traveller
Our new play for Summer 2017 is written and cast! It is called The Commercial Traveller and will tour between Sunday 4th June to Sunday 13th August to mainly villages and a few towns across the South of England from Kent to Devon. So what is it all about. Here’s a quick introduction!
It is London, 1924, and rich and powerful tycoon and former East End barrow boy, Sir Arthur Cattermole, is not happy. His son, Gerald, whom he has spent his hard earned brass on to go to Eton, is in love with the girl next door, the beautiful Isabelle and daughter of hard up doctor, Cornelius Truss.
Love is a bunch of roses! Money is the thing!
So he sends Gerald to Africa to look after his cocoa business. The young lovers, of course, are heartbroken. The days pass like falling leaves and after a year no letters have come from Gerald. Isabelle is convinced he doesn’t love her anymore, or has found someone else, so decides she will become a nun. But the widowed doctor’s housekeeper, Elsie, who has virtually mothered Isabelle, has a plan. She knows a kind, good, gentle man, a commercial traveller, who will marry Isabelle and once married Sir Arthur will have no reason to keep Gerald away. Of course, Isabelle will have none of it at first, but Elsie persuades her mistress to trust her – that this complex knot of impossibilities will be unravelled. She will eventually be happy.
Then shockingly Elsie disappears into the London fog and is apparently found dead. Her devoted husband, Albert, Sir Arthur’s butler, is devastated. A month passes and the commercial traveller, Cecil Cornford, does indeed turn up and marries Isabelle – and then, apparently too late to marry her himself, Gerald returns from Africa incognito. His letters had been intercepted and he does still love her. Albert sets about unpicking the knot and bit by bit it is unravelled.
Funny, romantic and moving the play demonstrates the gritty determination to overcome an apparently unassailable problem through absolute love.
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 in 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.