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Mind the Gap’s chickens fly the coop to feature at Summer festivals

8 June 2011

Why did the chicken cross the road?  Which came first the chicken or the egg?  Mind the Gap’s talented cast of learning disabled professional performers have hatched a plan to answer these and other less poultry questions in their new street theatre piece, Chicken Coup! touring festivals this Summer.

The family-friendly piece features three giant chickens outwitting a larger-than-life, wannabe celebrity chef who chases them around the festival space. In-between making sure they don’t end up as the ‘Chef’s Special’ they launch into hilarious sketches that entertain festival goers of all ages. The sketches include Chicken Lake, where they attempt their own clucking, flapping version of ballet, and Crossing the Road… complete with ‘Why?’ sign.

The performers will also pose for photographs with the audience, who can log on to and tag themselves in photos, or upload their own pictures and keep up with all the news, straight from the roost.

Mind the Gap is one of the UK’s leading disability related theatre companies, it creates high-quality work with learning disabled and non-disabled artists as equals.  Last month saw the final few performances of their award-winning adaption of John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice & Men’ – their most successful tour to date with a total of 50 shows, most to sold-out audiences.

The talking point of last year’s Bradford Mela Festival, the chickens are back by popular demand, at the Mela this Sunday (12 June). 

You can then catch this eggs-traordinary piece on tour at:
Saturday 18 June – Culture Shock Festival, Harrogate
Saturday 25 June – Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
Tuesday 28 & Wednesday 29 June – Unity Festival, Cardiff
Sunday 17 July – Halifax Festival
Sunday 18 September – Saltaire Festival

Enter our virtual festival environment, where you can see images and film clips of the chickens and the chef in action, at: