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October 28, 2009 | by  | in Arts Theatre |
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Rudey Trudey


It’s too easy to go too big these days. Admittedly, a lot of the time, big is good but taking that as a golden rule can only lead to bingeing and seven hour plays. We must too appreciate the little gems, the little nuggets of wonderful that pepper the cultural landscape. Rudey Trudey, Sophie Hambleton’s reworking and expansion of her graduation Go Solo piece at Toi is the very definition of such a gem.
Rudey Trudey
Sitting securely at 40 or 20 or something minutes, I lost track, it doesn’t matter, Hambletron takes you a joyous journey through the existence and imagination of Trudey, a put upon maid working somewhere in England, possibly at some point in the past. She speaks at length of her fantasy to going to Paris and all the wonderful things that will happen to her there. While this could have easily tripped into mundane telling rather than showing, Hambleton’s mesmeric and accomplished performance mixed with Ed Watson’s assured direction mean that with swift, transitions and great manipulation of an awkward space you are never left simply watching someone spout of about the pictures in their head clouds.

Trudey herself, along the other female residents of the household we are briefly invited to meet, are all creations of a brilliant inspired mind. Hambleton combines a poetic understand of the beauty of words with a marked understatement. Her ability to say everything while saying nothing is impressive and marks her out both as a maker and a performer as operating at well above her expected level.

It is easy in these days of recession and a National government to be dank, dark or depressed, so to come across a work as warming, while maybe not being precisely up beat or dropping the dram from dramedy, as gleeful as Rudey Trudey. It was a wonderful cup of theatric hot chocolate, heating the heart and healing the head.

Hopefully there will be a return season, this a work that deserves rewatching and revisiting.

Rudey Trudey
Devised and performed by Sophie Hambleton
Directed by Ed Watson

At the Inverlochy Art School
12 – 14 Oct 2009

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Uther was one of the two arts editors in 2009. He was the horoscopier and theatre writer in 2010. Alongside Elle Hunt, Uther was coeditor in 2011.

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