On Thursday 22 June the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company made their fourth annual appearance in Rowledge, this time at Cherryfields, thanks to the generosity of Ian Carter.

This year’s play was once again written by their producer Peter Talbot advocating that love is more important than money. The show was performed by a troupe of 7 which included 5 players from last year’s show and two or three who have been to Rowledge for all four years and it was noticeable that a relationship is growing between the actors and the audience.

As usual the format was a picnic first, followed by the show starting at 7.30 and this year the weather was fine allowing the majority to take advantage of the picnic opportunity.

A full house of 170 people thoroughly enjoyed The Travelling Salesman which included the usual musical interludes, farce, wonderful costumes and rapid changes (one actress had 29 changes !) and of course The Rudes humour and audience interaction.

After the show The Rudes adjourned to the Hare & Hounds to meet villagers who had offered overnight accommodation before setting off the next day for the 14th of their 51 show tour.

Hopefully Rowledge will be once again included in the The Rudes 2018 tour, don’t miss the chance to see them.