The Rudes bring you their hilarious and moving new play about Charlie Chaplin’s childhood in Lambeth and how his mother taught him how to find the little door into his imagination through which he learnt to live. How do we become what we are? What is it that makes us?
With a drunken but charismatic actor father who was rarely around; a beautiful young actress of a mother who had three children by different fathers, Chaplin had to learn alongside his big brother Sydney how to survive a very precarious existence. Sometimes fostered by other people, sometimes in a school for destitute children, sometimes separated from Sydney; sometimes living on the street, he nevertheless managed to triumph over all this to become arguably the greatest film actor ever. The message of hope, triumph over pain, through imagination and laughter, is really important for today. Bring your own low backed chairs, picnics and warm clothing. If Government regulations are still in place you will be expected to wear masks and be seated in a socially distanced way.
- The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company