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RICHARD (Scott Chambers) 15 with learning difficulties, longs to put down roots but his restless and destructive brother, POLLY (Morgan Watkins) needs to keep moving. When the land they live on is bought by a new landowner, and the electricity supply to their caravan is cut, their already precarious living conditions get even worse. Then a chance meeting with the new landowner's daughter, 17 year old ANNABEL (Yasmin Paige), leaves RICHARD besotted; whilst POLLY befriends the guys who run a seedy traveling fair. Richards optimistic view on life becomes increasingly difficult to maintain as Polly's abusive behavior worsens, family secrets are revealed, and he is torn between loyalty to his brother and his first true friend in ANNABEL. For better or worse, Richards life is about to change forever.

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Critic Reviews for Chicken

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  • A remarkably solid and sincere look at lives marginalized several times over, collected around an achingly honest breakout turn.

    Jan 17, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jessica Kiang

    Top Critic
  • Stephenson elicits lively, empathic performances from his small cast. Chambers is a particular standout, as a character just that tiny bit irritating enough to skirt feeling like the standard-issue movie martyr.

    May 19, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A confident debut with a gorgeous central performance.

    May 16, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

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  • Joe Stephenson's Chicken quietly creeps up on you and tugs at your heartstrings.

    Feb 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Chicken is an admirable first offering that gradually sucks you in the more patience you invest. It betters itself as it progresses and showcases a trio of notable performances.

    Aug 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Joe Stephenson's adap of Freddie Machin's play offers a brief respite from miserabilism in the appealing friendship that develops between Richard and new arrival Annabell (Yasmin Paige).

    Jan 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chicken

Superbly acted small-scale realist drama, that reminded me both of Kes and The Mudge Boy.

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