The Chicken Trial (2 stars)

A dull production about the real life case of prosecuted art student Makode Linde

The Chicken Trial

credit: Kat Branicka

Art student Makode Linde is in trouble with the law for painting some chickens and having them parade around a nightclub in the name of art. A prosecution follows. Art can be put on trial, at least according to the Swedish law system.

Being based on a true life case, the piece suggests a study into the problems of art and the boundary between creativity and cruelty. Unfortunately, some bizarre and incoherent antics make the experience slow and ponderous, with the trial itself almost becoming an irrelevance. Running at just 60 minutes it is still far too long and much of the humour falls flat.

The cast's performances are all solid, but they are not enough to escape the pretentious script and the aimless humour. While the questions at the heart of the play are vital, the meandering structure removes much of the bite, despite some nifty scene changes and Linde's defence of creativity.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug, 2.15pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

The Chicken Trial

  • 2 stars

ACE Production Can art be put to trial? Yes, says the Swedish law system that in 2008 prosecuted art student Makode Linde for having brought a hat full of chickens to an animal-themed event at a nightclub. The Chicken Trial is a fantasy documentary based on the court case that followed. This political comedy directed…


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