The Chicken Trial
A dull production about the real life case of prosecuted art student Makode Linde
This article is from 2016.
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).