Chicken Dust - Modern Plays (Paperback)Ben Weatherill (author)
Paperback 96 Pages / Published: 03/03/2015
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Oh this ain't a farm. This is a loading dock. No such things as farms anymore, not around here. A chicken farm in rural England. New boy Tim has just arrived for his first shift. The job is pretty simple: grab chickens seven at a time by their legs and ram them into cages for shipping. All of this in the dark, stomping around in ankle-deep chicken shit, muck and mud. Tim's teammates are old-timers, with cigarettes dangling from their lips and pantyhose up their arms to protect their skin. Feathers cling to clothes. This band of survivors doesn't want much: just to stay in the countryside, catch the chickens, and earn the best living they can. But the chickens are dying, rotting from the inside-out like hot fruit just hours after they arrive. As disease spreads and pressure mounts, enter Oscar, the meticulous poultry inspector . . . A hard-hitting exploration of the human cost of our enormous appetite for cheap meat. Winner of the Curve Leicester's Playwriting Competition and first seen as a staged reading at the Finborough Theatre's annual Vibrant: A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, Chicken Dust marks the full-length debut of a new playwright. It received its world premiere at the Finborough Theatre on 1 March 2015.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 88 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 5 mm
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