Theatre (new writing, contemporary)

  • Summerhall - Former Womens Locker Room
  • 20:50
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Ireland
  • Group: Sunday's Child
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience participation, Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Nudity, Scenes of violence, Strong language/swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Relaxed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


A chicken's brain is the size of a walnut. But their hearts are as big as the universe. A play about love, fate, delicious white meat, and adventure. There's a chicken in the Summerhall basement and she's dying to meet you. From the makers of Mustard (Scotsman Fringe First Winner 2019).

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General venue access

  • Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: From the main reception you can either take the stairs (10 steps) underneath the main stair case and into the basement or the lift just off from the main reception.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 25 August, 11 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Additional information: Information not supplied

Be aware that this show features:

  • Performer goes into audience area
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Permission to move around and make noise

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to engage with performer
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

James Gordon 41 days ago

Original, memorable and wonderfully performed. For a full hour, in a tight space in the round which is likened to a chicken coop, Eva O'Connor maintains a bent-kneed, hunchback, strutting posture, flicking her wings and making many a fowl-like jerk of the neck with barely a feather out of place on her fantastical costume. Meanwhile, she delivers an elaborate, surreal tale of one South Kerry cock's journey to Hollywood stardom, and his return home to lead an Animal Farm-style rebellion which, like many another episode in Irish history, is doomed to heroic failure. Perhaps a little overloaded with jokes about, cocks, hens, birds and taking flight, but what other show draws parallels between Irish history, factory farming and the casting couch? This chicken's final cry is both triumphant and despairing.

Snap Judgement 44 days ago

★★★☆☆ It is a CHICKEN’s World

* Chickenlike Performance. Costume and posture - the pecking, walking, and flapping are impeccably realistic.
* Modern Storytelling. Disjointed scenes that manage to keep the story flowing.
* Witty Chicken. An egg-cellent array of puns that'll have you cackling.

* Déjà vu. Some puns felt repetitive.
* Lost Potential. With such a compelling description, one would expect a deeper narrative layer.

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jeff tuller 46 days ago

A one-woman show with a simply astounding performance. Deserves a larger venue but the intimacy works. Weird and wonderful, a must see!

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Everything Theatre (4/5 stars) 35 days ago

The joyful life and adventures of an intrepid cockerel turn into a tale of perseverance and finding one’s place in the world.

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Playbill 36 days ago

Chicken is unlike anything any of us have ever seen.

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West End Best Friend (5/5 stars) 47 days ago

Go and see Chicken at Summerhall for what might be the most original show at the Edinburgh Festival this year.

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Longstaff Reviews (4/5 stars) 48 days ago

A fringe triumph that no words can quite do justice in describing...

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 49 days ago

Chicken is a sharp, intelligent and unique adventure that critiques celebrity culture, identity and apathy, with heart and humour.

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The Skinny (5/5 stars) 50 days ago

Eva O'Connor's solo show Chicken is a masterful look at oppressive power structures from media hegemony to the global meat industry.

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Fest (4/5 stars) 53 days ago

A ket-addicted chicken that you can’t help rooting for

Read the full review (4/5 stars) 54 days ago

The perils of fame as told by a fabulously feathered storyteller.

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