Ex-Batts and Broilers

Theatre (clown)

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  • Assembly Rooms - Powder Room
  • 14:45
  • Aug 24
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Haste Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 14 and above (14+)(Strong Language/Swearing)
  • Accessibility: 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 18 months


Gail and Gemma are two delightful chickens in a cage, discovering life as it comes. Join them on a touching, eggciting and cut-throat journey through friendship and chickenhood. Heroically saved by Jimmy from battery and broiler farms, watch them compete for your affections, and decide on your favourite to vote out of the cage to pastures new! A story of female friendship and industrial meat farming told through dark comedy, clown, physical storytelling and live music. 'Genuinely can't remember the last time I laughed so much' ***** (Audience Review, StagedoorApp.com).

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Situated on an astroturfed outdoor site.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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ellie 85 days ago

I really loved this show! I laughed so much throughout I felt giddy. Both performers are addictive to watch, engaging and bursting with talent. The performance is high-energy, witty and enjoyable for all ages. If you see just one show this year, make it this one. This is what the Fringe is about!

Lesley Watson 86 days ago

This show was one of the best things I saw at Fringe this year, so funny, clever and well structured but also with a strong message, would highly recommend!

noni needs 86 days ago

Fabulous show.
Great chicken performances from Gail and Gemma. Go see it. You’ll never think of chickens the same way again.

Lucas Kernan 87 days ago

The most heartwarming and giggle inspiring piece of theatre I’ve seen my whole trip here! These two are so lovely to watch play with each other and really made me fall in love with their characters. Who knew something as silly as pretending to be a chicken could have so much more to it than just a little childish play!

Alice Boatfield-Thorley 88 days ago

An absolute must-see show-I truly can’t recommend it highly enough. So much talent, so many laughs and some tears too...I found myself completely enthralled by these two cheeky chickens and reluctant to leave the world they so cleverly created. Outstanding!

James Boatfield-Thorley 88 days ago

Relevant, poignant and very very funny! A fantastic mix of physical theatre, live music and an engaging storyline. Full of chicken and egg related puns, but don’t miss the subtle moments of real magic between two very talented performers. I would highly recommend!

Kyri Antoniou 88 days ago

OK this show was BEAUTIFUL, so fun so funny very touching and performed with great energy. Laughed all the way through and was ready to cry at the end, well done!!!

Jules 88 days ago

An afternoon delight! Playful, funny, charming and a little heart wrenching, all the feels, I loved it.

Susan Hill 88 days ago

Great entertainment for all ages. Who knew that two chicken with feelings could totally engross you until the final moment (no spoiler alert). And who knew the meaning of a straight white chalk line to an innocent chicken (no spoiler alert - fancy that!). A gripping tragedy.

Alexander Day 89 days ago

A brilliant, fast-paced show full of high-energy jokes and physical comedy — and yet very sweet and touching at the same time. One of my favorite shows I’ve seen at the Fringe this year!

Sally Glover 89 days ago

Our family of five have just spent two days seeing shows at the fringe and this show was a hit with all of us. Not sure why it has the 14+ age tag as the topic and content were incredibly informative yet delivered in a light hearted manner. The performance was delivered with energy and brio from two talented actresses who carried the audience with them on their journey.
Storytelling, jokes, singing, pathos and even some impressive yoga, what more does a show need?

Bettine Mackenzie 89 days ago

One of the best shows at the Fringe, I want to go again! It's funny and moving and has everything you'd want from an hour of top-notch comedy with a heart. The two performers manage to be both physical and ridiculous yet never over the top. Definitely ones to watch...

Marcel Winzen 89 days ago

That was a great show! Impressive stage presence, highly skilled performers, authentic connection between the two women and between the performers and the audience. The story has a really interesting message without being patronising and the end is the best it could have been.
I laughed and cried so hard, thank you so much!

Laura Sharples 89 days ago

The charming, funny, and sometimes even moving writing is really brought to life by two excellent performers, who kept the audience laughing through the hour. One of the best shows I have seen at this year’s Fringe.

HR 89 days ago

The two actresses are no doubt very talented, and sustain a remarkable energy. However, this show doesn't do them justice: non-stop talking, minimal/uninspiring plot, and only the occasional ripple of audience laughter. This show is undoubtedly up some people's street, but my friends and I sadly struggled to persevere.

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 79 days ago

Providing a literal birds-eye view of the world, Ex-Batts and Broilers is a story about chickens.Gail and Gemma (Jesse Dupré and Sophie Taylor) are chickens. They have an important story to tell. And it’s not just any story, it’s their story, told by the birds complete with “backflashes”, monologues, singing...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 82 days ago

This is the kind of show that will have you wanting to adopt a chicken at the end, although you might not think so when you walk in and see two women in dungarees wandering about clucking. ...

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