REVIEW: Chauntecleer and Pertelotte Hen & Chickens Highbury

PUBLISHED: 12:15 11 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:41 07 September 2010

Four star rating An amorous hen, a horny cock – with quite a lunch box – and a nymphomaniac farmer s wife who isn t getting any at home come together in this bawdy, farmyard comedy. With just a perch and a partial view of their farmyard home through brok

Four star rating

An amorous hen, a horny cock - with quite a lunch box - and a nymphomaniac farmer's wife who isn't getting any at home come together in this bawdy, farmyard comedy.

With just a perch and a partial view of their farmyard home through broken slats in their chicken coup, the poultry make their own entertainment.

And award-winning writer Dougie Blaxland's main characters cockerel Chauntecleer (Tim Dewberry) and his sweetheart hen Pertelotte (Annie Hemingway) do that by getting low down and dirty with each other.

Their lusty bliss is soon shaken by infidelity. And the inevitable jealousy that follows is satisfied with a cold-blooded act of revenge that re-establishes the farmer as top of the pecking order.

Fun and frenzied, Chauntecleer and Pertelotte is a wonderful piece of physical theatre and each raunchy, rhyming line is delivered with relish by Tim Dewberry and Annie Hemingway. They play a host of characters in the course of this colourful drama which has something of Chaucer, Carry On and CBeebies about it.

Guaranteed to get you chuckling, Live Wire Theatre's production of this short play - two half hour acts with a 10-minute interval - is perfect pre-dinner theatre.

Until December 20.

Jo Cooke


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