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Gods and Dogs

‘Gods and Dogs’! The Rudes are coming!

The Rudes – The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company – have now cast their latest play, ‘Gods and Dogs’ and they’ll be in rehearsals in just over five weeks time! As always, they have a great team of actor/musicians and are confident they can make another really good show for us, their enthusiastic audience. All performances are available to buy online now. Here the Rudes give us a glimpse into what to expect from their latest play.

Book tickets via The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company’s website here.

Gods and Dogs

The Rudes’ brand new show, ‘Gods and Dogs’, is an hilarious dystopian allegory set in 2084 on the fictitious island of Abatina – based loosely on Monaco – in a world where people are either glamorous celebrities or slobbering followers of them, gripped to their telepafones – except, that is, the Nevnops. Big Al, the all-seeing, all hearing President, calls them ‘the Nevnops’, that is, ‘Not Very Nice People’, who choose to pursue their own thoughts on the matter.

Rude Mechanical Theatre Company

The story follows Tina who enters ‘Marriage Maker’! The idea of the game is if you win, you get to marry the super-glamorous footballer, Harry Best, on the Saturday, have a weekend of love, then divorce him on the Monday. Unfortunately, Tina makes the mistake of falling in love when she wins and doesn’t want to divorce. Doreen, her best friend, has her own opinion, but then she might be a Nevnop and the Mind Police might get to her first and send her to the wolves on the ‘Other Side’. Will Tina get to keep her man? Will Doreen be ‘disappeared’? You’ll have to be there to find out.

What’s the play about?

Unlike in Orwell’s ‘1984’ the dystopia isn’t just about keeping to the ‘party line’, but a world where people’s minds are controlled by a trashy Donald Trump kind of reality, where love is reduced to a gameshow and marriage a mere ritual convenience – and about a lack of independent thinking, a kind of ‘group mind’ controlled by ‘faceless overseers’ through an all-consuming social media.

“As always, it will be very funny, as you see people morph into slobbering dogs, but also provocative. We know our audiences are bright and clever people. Thinkers as well as laughers! So, what do you think? Will the world really be like this?”

The Tour

It’s a 47 performance outdoor tour. Venues include village greens, recreation grounds and pub fields, right across Southern England from Kent to Devon – with performances nightly from Wednesday to Sunday starting at 7.30, Friday 27 May to Sunday 7 August.

“You can get in from 6pm to have picnics. Why not drink some wine with friends and laugh about the world? We need a good laugh right now! We end up on Eastbourne seafront for five performances in a beautiful circus tent – Wednesday 3 August to Sunday 7 August. Bring your own chairs, except for Eastbourne where they are provided.”

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Posted 15:55 Thursday, Mar 17, 2022 In: Performance

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