The Rude Mechanical Theatre Co presents 'Little Lily Harley'

The Rude Mechanical Theatre Co presents 'Little Lily Harley'

Great new outdoor theatre in Bradford Abbas!

Some great new outdoor theatre will be coming to Mill Farm, Bradford Abbas on Thursday 13th August.

The Rude Mechanical Theatre Co are a touring professional company dedicated to bringing new plays to mainly small rural communities – and they are coming to our new outdoor stage!

They are all actor/musicians and have a brand-new show called ‘Little Lily Harley’, about the childhood of Charlie Chaplin in Lambeth & it is an extraordinary story.

Both his parents were music hall artistes. His father died of cirrhosis of the liver in his 30’s, his mother – Little Lily Harley was her stage name - contracted syphilis & went mad & was in and out of Lambeth Workhouse. Charlie & his older brother Sydney were put into a school for destitute children and passed from pillar to post and were even for a while living on the streets, yet Charlie overcame it all to become arguably the greatest film actor in history.

How was it possible? How did he survive and thrive?

Well, this play tells that story, in particular of Sydney’s support and the strength & courage of his mother and her lessons about the joyful world of the imagination. It will make you cry, but it will make you howl with laughter too.

It’s all about hope & triumph over adversity – something we all need at the moment! It is shaped a bit like a piece of music hall, with lots of songs, poems, dancing, playground clapping rhymes and silent movie style slapstick.



Please call The Peppe Nappa Studio on 01323-501260

From 1st April tickets will be available from Mill Farm


Mill Farm Bar & food available from 5.45pm

Show starts 7.30pm


You won’t want to miss it!

The Mill Farm Team