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A world premiere by Ben Weatherill


Finborough Theatre & Leicester Curve Theatre

March 2015


“Oh this ain’t a farm. This is a loading dock. No such things as farms anymore, not around here.”

A chicken farm in rural England. New boy Tim has just arrived for his first shift. The job is pretty simple: grab chickens seven at a time by their legs and ram them into cages for shipping. All of this in the dark, stomping around in ankle deep chicken shit, muck and mud. His teammates are old-timers, with cigarettes dangling from their lips and pantyhose up their arms to protect their skin. This band of survivors don’t want much: just to stay in the countryside, catch the chickens, and earn the best living they can.

But the chickens are dying, rotting from the inside out like hot fruit just hours after they arrive. As disease spreads and pressure mounts, enter Oscar, the meticulous poultry inspector…

Direction: Chelsea Walker

Design: Cecilia Carey

Costume Design: Sarah Mecadé

Sound Design: Ella Wahlström

Lighting Design: Jamie Platt


Presented by Hattie Gregory in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre



Cast: Roger Alborough, Mark Conway, Paul Easom, Alex Gatehouse, Christopher Hancock, Paddy Navin

Photo Credit :  Richard Lakos

***** "A wonderful play that resounds long afterwards.” Aline Waites, Remote Goat
“This is the kind of play that will make you reconsider what you have for dinner in more ways than one.” Natasha Tripney, The Stage
“An impressive debut… what Chelsea Walker’s production does brilliantly is to show this, not as a vast impersonal machine, but on a human scale.” Robbie Lumsden, Bargain Theatre Land
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