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Rude Mechanical Theatre Company – Outdoor Theatre – The Dressing Book

Sunday 30th June 2024 | 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Rude Mechanical Theatre Company – Outdoor Theatre – The Dressing Book

Join us in the garden for the summer special “The Dressing Book ” by the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company .

The Story
It 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 which dresses 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.

Bring your own chairs, warm clothes and picnics to enjoy in the garden. The garden opens at 530pm and the performance will start later on .

“In turn hilarious, touching & provocative, the play shows how social expectation, especially relating to how women should look, both in their body shape and their clothes, is still as relevant today as it was in 1795.”
We can’t wait to share this show with you! See you there!😀
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