REVIEW: Chauntecleer and Pertelotte Hen & Chickens Highbury
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.
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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.
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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.