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The West-End premiere of the dark and devilish comedy CHICKEN arrives at the Trafalgar Studio 2 from tonight, 25 June 2012, starring Craig Kelly - known from his roles as Luke Strong in Coronation Street and Vince Tyler in Queer as Folk - as Wendall. CHICKEN will play until Saturday 21 July 2012. The opening night is on Tuesday 26 June at 7pm.
Set in the Bronx, CHICKEN is a gritty play full of street-smart humour about two childhood pals, Wendall and Floyd, an unhappy wife - and a sickly rooster they are grooming for an illegal cockfight.
Wendall and his pregnant wife’s stifling and cramped apartment is full of the mess of desperate people. Floyd (George Georgiou, Mamma Mia!-The Movie) is kipping down on the sofa, and a visit from his father, his brash ex wife and the local hustler, clearly shows what an unstable upbringing and a burning desire for money can do – but will the cock be their meal ticket?
CHICKEN is an acute observation of modern life in the city, as the dysfunctional friends scrabble and strut like cocks, fighting in the grimy, slightly desperate world they inhabit. There is no working class – this is the world of the new underclass.
CHICKEN, is written by new playwright, New Yorker Mike Batistick. CHICKEN opened off Broadway starring The Sopranos actor Michael Imperioli, at his theatre, Studio Dante.
Imperioli says of CHICKEN: “I loved the play from the first time I read it. I love the way Batistick handles New York: by setting it in this melting-pot environment it reflects any major modern city. The play is of our time, as it is filled with multi-cultural characters put in this pressure-cooker environment”.
The production is led by director Sam Neophytou (Bodega Lung Fat, Hackney Empire). CHICKEN is produced by Inner City Productions – a company devoted to developing new works that reflect the multi-cultural and multi-faceted nature of city life. Inner City Productions was founded in 2008 by George Georgiou and Sam Neophytou and their patrons include: Christopher Fettes (The Drama Centre) and the writer Martin Sherman. CHICKEN was cast by Urvashi Chugani Chand and the set design will incorporate the innovative print and design gallery Jealous, who will be creating screen prints by new artist David Illari.
Inner City Productions makes its West End debut with CHICKEN and aims to “make good theatre public and public theatre good” (Joan Littlewood).
Tickets start from £17.50 in the 98-seat Trafalgar Studio 2.