Rude return for theatre company

HAVING survived one of the wettest summers in a century to perform over 40 outdoor shows on their summer tour, Eastbourne’s The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company return to St Leonards on Sunday, November 25, with their new indoor play The Dressing Book.

The play is a comedy and a tender love story in the company’s renown contemporary Commedia dell’Arte style, using material they have garnered with the help of The Victoria & Albert Museum.

It follows the social round of Mrs Maybelline Erstwhile who records which dresses she wears for each event in her ‘dressing book’ – and the men she encounters while wearing them. It becomes both a search for love in a conventional marriage and for freedom from the domestic round imposed on her by social convention and by her tyrannical husband - and symbolised by the dresses she wears.

The St Leonards show is being staged in the Masonic Hall on West Ascent and begins at 7.30pm. Advanced tickets can be booked on the company’s website at, via the central box office on 01323 501260 or £10 on the door.