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Ikarus Inc

2019 Outdoor Summer Tour to rural communities & towns across Southern England 

What does it take to achieve your dream?

Photography by John Stanley-Clamp & Glenn Overington –

The Rudes are on the road again touring villages & a few towns in Southern England and getting standing ovations!

“Absolutely loved every second of the play this evening. All the actors are super talented, it’s mesmerising. Can’t wait for the next time” – Kelly M, Halnaker                                                                                                                                                        
A truly amazing group of actors. A really fun experience. First time I’ve seen the RMTC and certainly not the last” – Heather J, Guildford                                                                                                                                                                                       
It is our twenty-first outdoor tour to villages and towns across Southern England. The play is ‘Ikarus Inc’, our story about what it takes to achieve YOUR dream. We toured it first in 2010 and it has proved to be one of your favourites. With both the UK and America in turmoil politically revisiting this story of hopes and dreams – set in the 1950’s in the fictitious Indiana town of Dreamville – is very timely. We will tour to fifty-two venues. You won’t to miss this one!

The story

It’s the little mid-West town of Dreamville, Indiana, in the 1950’s and a commercial traveler called Daedalus Gildersleeves comes into town selling dreams from his suitcase. He begins banging on doors and calling, ‘Yo’ dreams are just a place!  We’ll take you there at Ikarus inc! Purveyors of fine dreams.’ The factory workers from Costello’s Automobile Corporation, who spend all day on the assembly line, come flooding out to see what all the fuss is about. With Daedalus is his pasty-faced son, Ikarus who sings that they should stop chasing crows, but rather fly like the birds to their dreams. What they hope for is just a place and if they buy a ticket Daedalus and Ikarus will meet them at the top of a high place and fly with them there. The mayor of Dreamville, Earl Brewster, is sceptical. But out of Daedalus’ case comes flying the objects of their dreams, a fast car, a fishing pole and for Earl, the governorship of the state or even The White House. The workers are convinced and start buying the tickets.

Ikarus begins to meet the kids of the town; he is ‘real strange’ they think, but they are drawn by him and he takes them to his and his father’s apartment and they see the wings. Sandra, the mayor’s daughter, thinks Ikarus may have taken a little blue pill and tries to explain to him the difference between the stories she has read in her book, ‘Bulfinch’s Mythology’, and real life. One is just stories; the other is real life, and he needs to know the difference. But he insists he can fly.

In the meantime, Janet Brewster, the mayor’s wife, and her friend Carmine, decide to enter a competition to bake the biggest pumpkin pie in the county in order to feed the ‘sufferin’ poor’, such as Jonah and Meryl Avery and their ten children. Earl takes some convincing at first but decides it would be a good ticket – the relief of the suffering poor – for him to campaign on to be the Governor of Indiana. So, he buys one of Daedalus’ tickets and decides he will fly to his dream. Jonah’s dream is to have shoes for his children and a little farm where he can be self-sufficient, so he buys a ticket too, and so do Carmine and her husband Hank, and so does Lola, and other folk of the town.

For Ol’ Mercy Coffin it is just the devil tempting them. But will they fly and achieve their dreams or come crashing down to the cold hard earth? Will the pumpkin pie get baked? Will they win the competition?

Hilarious, romantic, tender, searching… and laced with rock’n’roll

All our venues are now organised and you’ll find them along with ticket prices by clicking on the ‘Book tickets’ tab above. Start planning now for a fun-filled evening with The Rudes.

Large group deals!

A quick tip! If you intend to book a group of ten or more for a night out with friends, family or colleagues, don’t use the online booking system but get a special deal by emailing with what you want.

What people have said

‘Just to say a congratulations on another superb performance. It was – as ever – the most amazing evening and I loved every single minute. You are in touch with the very essence of drama – and so you put us in touch with ourselves, our lives and all the sad, the happy and the hilarious times we muddle through. We are so much richer for your work.’ Diana Baldwin, Godinton (About ‘Oberon’s Cure‘)

Advice & conditions for going to our shows

Picnics The site will be open one & a half hours before the start for picnics. Large picnic tables or gazebos will not be allowed in the arena, except by special arrangement. Ring 01323-50-12-60


Seating – Seating is not provided. Bring your own low backed seats or rugs. Tall chairs are not permitted. You will be asked to move picnics that are spread out so that seats can be brought into lines 20 minutes before the show is due to start. You may be asked to move your seats if the arena gets full to aid compaction. In our experience we believe our customers get more out of our shows by sitting close together & as close to the front as possible.


Movement around the area – This is a sit down event. Do not let children run around & try to make loo runs in the interval.


Cancellation – We will continue in light rain. If the performance has to be called off in the event of heavy rain or for other reasons beyond our control refunds may be claimed by emailing the Box Office ( As we are on the road for most of the summer it may take a few days. But note: This does not apply to The Gilbert White House in Selborne, where there will be no refunds. However, customers can transfer for free to any other venue. In fact, for any performance that is interrupted by rain customers may see the show again for free. Email us to re-book. Don’t do it online.


Umbrellas – Umbrellas must not be raised in the arena while the play is in progress, unless you are sitting at the back or round the perimeter. If it gets so bad that it is uncomfortable we will stop. Umbrellas restrict people’s view.


Children – Note that our shows are aimed at adults. However, many children do like them and for that reason we do offer child and family rates, but it is for parents to judge whether their children are likely to enjoy it. One key question is: Are they likely to sit quietly for two hours or so? If the answer is no then you probably shouldn’t bring them.


Babies and small toddlers – We want children to be initiated young, but it is not a children’s show where ‘child noise’ is tolerated, so please do not bring babies and toddlers. Please use your judgment for children say between 3 & 7. Ring us for advice if you are unsure.


Dogs – We are happy to have quiet dogs, but if they start barking they must be taken out.

Smoking – No form of smoking, including electronic cigarettes, is permitted within the audience area. Please leave the area if you wish to smoke.


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.

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