The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company tours Sussex with its summer 2013 production of Harlequin Goes to the Moon.
The play, set in 16th century Florence, moves between sweet romance, flat out hilarity and savage satire in the retelling of a very old story (hinted at in Blake’s drawing from ‘The Gates of Paradise’.)
The unusual and visually appealing play incorporates the contemporary world’s obsession with ‘I want! I want!’, with status and power, material possessions and the desperate need for ‘something more’, above all, love and tenderness.
A greedy banker plays a part, as do his servants who decide to fly to the moon where they can direct their own lives, rather than being prisoners of them.
This month and during August it will visit villages across the county.
Dates are: Barcombe village hall field: July 14; Ringmer village green: July 17; Plumpton village green: July 18; Grange Gardens, Lewes: July 27,28; Filching Manor, Polegate: July 31; Alfriston Tye: August 1. Swan Meadow, Burwash, August 2. The Star, Waldron: August 8. Rushlake Green: August 9.