Chauntecleer and Pertelotte
This event has now finished. Until Jun 13 2009
Time Out says
Dougie Blaxland's version of Chaucer's Nun's 'Priest's Tale' - originally an Aesop's Fable-style story about anthropomorphic chickens - departs from its source in every respect except sheer lexical ostentation. You may fear that over an hour of lines like: 'From John O'Scrote-Groats to Land's End-Bell stretch all / would the chick-wicks, fuck-feathered by the spur-flash strut-cocky' will drive you mad. In fact, although parts remain gratingly garish and twee it increasingly sounds like a clever pastiche of Chaucer's style. The real reason you warm to the piece, aside from the amusingly filthy plot involving a cock with a big, er, cock, a slutty farmer's wife and cross-species sexual jealousy, is the assured confident charm and of its two performers Tim Dewberry and Annie Hemingway. Playing a huge range of characters, they quickly establish a brilliant rapport with the audience, mixing physical commitment and ironic distance with bags of sexual knowingness.