Comrade Egg and the Chicken of Tomorrow, a clown show about a woman trying to save the world one chicken at a time, is one to watch out for. Part of the Litmus Fest at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington, a festival designed to support the development of new work and new ways of making work.
Comrade Egg and the Chicken of Tomorrow makes activism of art and art of activism. And Bronya Deutsch of Mother Bunch (www.motherbunch.co.uk) a graduate of the Lecoq school in Paris, is an artist and activist par excellence.
Her exposure of the iniquity of intensive chicken farming and the dire consequences to the mental health of the factory workers is bitingly funny and so effective I’m surprised all the audience have not immediately written to their MPs to demand conditions in the meat processing industry improve, better still, desist forthwith.
For theatre with a message to do its work, it has to be excellent and Bronya Deutsch excels.