Having been delighted by my first Rude Mechanicals production last year, The Dressing Book, I have been eagerly anticipating another, keeping an eye on their website and Facebook page for updates about the new 2013 summer show. Entitled Harlequin Goes To The Moon, this historical commedia dell'arte play will be performed in lots of outdoor venues across the south of England including several in our area. Scroll to the end of this post for my list of the most local venues or visit the Mechanicals' tickets page for the whole schedule.
Full of slapstick, poetry, romance, buffoonery and original music, Harlequin Goes To The Moon is set in beautiful Florence during the late sixteenth century. It is intended for an adult audience but might be suitable for some older children. Written by Creative Director Pete Talbot, the play itself is original although it apparently owes some of its storylines to Flaminio Scala's 'Scenarios' and Ariosto's 'Orlando Furioso'. Do read this great blog post about Pete's creation of the work.
Catalina is in love with the delicious Federico, the son of Il Magnifico Buco del Culo, a Florentine banker who has forbidden them to touch even their little fingers – and has threatened his servants, Harlequin and Colombina, with ‘death by stretching’ if they should allow it. No way will Federico marry the daughter of Il Dottore Pazzo, an astronomer, so poor his pants are as ragged as a half-plucked chicken! Harlequin is terrified, so decides to steal Pazzo’s moon ship and fly to the moon to form his own government.
Advance tickets £12 adult, £11 senior, £9 student, £6 child. Available online. Any remaining tickets will available on-the-door of each venue but will all be full price.
Weds 26th June, Crouch Gardens, Seaford, 19:30.
Weds 31st July, Filching Manor, Polegate, 19:30.
Thur 1st August, The Tye, Alfriston, 19:30.
Sun 11th August, Michelham Priory, 19:15.