Miss Popplewell's Garden

Alexandra Park, St Helen's Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 2LG
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The well-loved Rude Mechanical Theatre Company will be performing outdoors in Hastings at Alexandra Park this summer on Wednesday 12th July with their new play, Miss Popplewell's Garden. The company, which performs in small rural communities and a few towns across Southern England, has a cast of professional actor/musicians and has been coming to St Leonards for many years and it's always a fun experience, but this summer will be in Hastings as part of a 51 show tour from Dorset to Kent.

The story goes like this. It's April 1940 and Jocasta, Daphne and Dotty, will have to move from their school in idyllic 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. 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! The girls decide to make one last raid on the old witch Miss Popplewell's strawberry patch. But an intruder gets in first. Who is he? Is it the gypsies, a burglar, even an escaped convict? The villagers panic! But they're British! They must stick together.

In the meantime, will the girls get the strawberries? Will their kindly headmistress, Miss Tricklebank, confine them to their dorms? Will Daphne be kissed before she's seventeen? You will have to be there to find out. The play is woven with poignancy and gently unearths buried things from Miss Popplewell's past.

Start 7.30pm.

Visit www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk or ring 01323-501260.

Bring your own chairs or rugs and a picnic. Picnics from 6.00

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Opening Times

Season (12 July 2023)
Wednesday19:30 - 22:00


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Alexandra ParkAlexandra Park, HastingsA 10 minute walk from Hastings town centre, this Grade II Listed Victorian park is one of the finest to be found anywhere in the country.

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