Park Theatre 2-28 August 2014
"A vivid and startling production from director Jemma Gross"★ ★ ★ ★ Time Out
"Chicken Shop unequivocally ranks as one of the most important and memorable plays of the year."★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Female Arts
"Compelling, near-tragedy" ★ ★ ★ ★ The Times
Director Jemma Gross
Designer Florence Hazard
Lighting Designer Sherry Coenen Assistant Director Charlotte Marigot Producer Epsilon Productions Production Associate Marnie Nash
Production Photographer Kim Hardy
Chicken Shop by Anna Jordan
Epsilon return to Park Theatre, following the success of their 5-star production Skin Tight and critically acclaimed Crystal Springs, with Chicken Shop – a dark and twisted coming of age story.
Hendrix is growing up. Or at least he’s trying to. But he’s sick of his mother and her constant preaching on the virtues of an organic lifestyle. And he’s sick of her girlfriend, a twentysomething stunner who winds him up relentlessly. But most of all he is sick of the bullies at school who target him viciously, thinking if his mum is gay then he must be too. In a desperate attempt to prove his masculinity, Hendrix enters a very adult world and gets far more than he bargained for. He meets Luminita – a young girl enslaved into an unbearable life. She finds comfort in Hendrix; a chance to connect, to be seen as a human being. Though from completely different worlds, their secret friendship grows in snatched moments in a sordid room above a Chicken Shop.
This World Premier of Chicken Shop by Anna Jordan, 2013 winner of Bruntwood Playwriting Prize, was one of the final ten plays in the Soho Theatre’s Verity Bargate Award 2011, which had over 900 entries. Since then it has been in development with the Soho Literary team and was on the long list for the Royal Exchange Theatre’s Bruntwood Prize 2011.
Angela Bull | Hilary
Jesse Rutherford | Hendrix
John Last | Leko
Lucy Roslyn | Luminita
Millie Reeves | Katie