To peck or to be pecked? That truly appears to be the question in this tale of infidelity, trauma and the pecking order. Amidst New Years celebrations, a secret war is brewing. Danny and Lyle relentlessly battle against their tainted past whereby they were abandoned by their mother in a chicken coup for a matter of months.
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Happy New @ Old Red Lion Theatre
Years down the line, the care system has rapidly changed their lives but seemingly appears to be a challenge as they constantly regress back into their feral state. Add the fact that they have now been thrust into the spotlight as if freaks in a travelling circus, it’s enough to make any human unnerved. Danny is forever in Rooster mode constantly dominating the situations whilst his brother Lyle, the chick obeys and follows. Pru, a TV journalist continuously seduces them with the ideas of hope and expectations as if a carrot on a stick. But will Pru’s motivational talks help them conquer their fear of the outside? All in all I found Happy New to be a brilliant show. I found myself immersed in their world straightaway and loved all three characters flaws and all. From Brendan Cowell’s humorous and snappy dialogue, to the great performances given by all 3 actors, Happy new proved to be a whirlwind of Australian warmth, troubled relationships and a fear of the unknown. All in all I give Happy New a 10/10.
by Brendan Cowell
running till 23rd March 2012
Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm
Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00pm