The Rude Mechanical Threatre Co - Summer Play

The Rude Mechanical Theatre Co are back at Mill Farm on Friday, 21st July for the latest date on the summer tour of their latest outdoor play, Mrs Popplewell's Garden.

The Rudes return to the farm, bringing their latest magical commedia dell'arte inspired production back to Bradford Abbas in July. Expect music, laughter, vibrant costumes and much more from the extremely talented performers of this touring company. It's going to be a brilliant summer's evening and one that is sure to delight all the family, parents and children alike!

Mrs Popplewell's Garden

It's April 1940 and The Willows School for Girls, including Jocasta, Daphne and Dotty, will have to move lock, stock and the proverbial barrel from its idyllic home in Little Inkling, Sussex, to Buckinghamshire, where they will take refuge from the war. Lessons are suspended and they have two weeks left to have some fun and say goodbye to their friends. But it’s a disaster for Daphne. All she wants is to be kissed before she’s seventeen, but now she’s got to move away, she may never see Gerald again! Jocasta’s opinion is it’s actually an ‘opportunity in abundance’ because they can make one last raid on the old witch Miss Popplewell’s strawberry patch and, as Gerald lives next door to Apple Tree Cottage, Daphne may see him. He’s always watering his hollyhocks. But an intruder gets in first, tramples all over Miss Popplewell’s borders, stamps his muddy boots all over her scullery floor, skulks into her larder and helps himself to a plate of scones! Still warm, they were! Who is the intruder? Is it the gypsies, a burglar, a foreign agent, even an escaped convict? The entire village goes into a panic. They’re not safe in their beds! But they’re British! They must stick together. Rise to the occasion. In the meantime, will the girls get the strawberries? Will their kindly headmistress, Miss Tricklebank, confine them to their dorms and will Daphne finally get kissed before she's seventeen? A comedy of manners woven with poignancy and gently unearthing buried things from Miss Popplewell’s past.

Founded by Pete Talbot in 1997, The Rude Mechanicals Theatre Co was created with the aim of bringing theatrical production to rural communities and are funded by the Arts Council and local supporters.


Bar: From 6pm

Performance: 7.30pm

Ticket details and info available on The Rudes website directly:



01935 414778

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