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The Chicken Trial (ACE Production)

By | Published on Sunday 14 August 2016

The Chicken Trial Ed2016

A number of interesting questions fuel this play. A fusion of philosophy and absurdism, it challenges the audience to think about life, art and entertainment. Unfortunately, it is more interested in asking these questions than in saying anything meaningful in response and it struggles to make us care. We’re clearly meant to sympathise with their portrayal of Makode Linde – the real-life artist/DJ whose trial forms the basis of the plot. The audience is invited to agree that taking chickens to a nightclub is not animal cruelty, while decrying our hypocrisy in not enforcing the same standards on farmers. While I accept the critique of industrial farming, I found Linde’s faux-philosophical pretension left an equally bad taste in the mouth.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Andy Leask]