Near the Islington tube station lies the ‘Hen and Chickens Theatre’, a cosy little Blackbox theatre above the pub, with a lot of potential for transformations for any performance, and Hawk! The Untold Tale of Tony Taylor utilized the whole space with their transformation.
Devised by AS IF Comedy Collective, a London based comedy troupe with 9 creatives led by artistic director Alice Palmer. The group work a lot with improv and comedy sketches, and their specialty skills really shine through in this production, as each little scene is separate yet tied in with the overall storyline.
Hawk! The Untold Tale of Tony Taylor tells the story of a musician, played comically by James Vincent, who has written the greatest rock song in the world, and then has it stolen from him. There is an eclectic mix of characters in this story, such as two aliens who just want to be accepted and keep probing people, ants who sell drugs and have bigger dreams than digging tunnels, and humans, each with big dreams and varying levels of sanity. We get a glimpse into each character’s life, and their connections are all revealed at the end, tying together multiple storylines. With elements of comedy and drama, we’re taken on a ride of emotions as deceit, betrayal, greed, broken dreams with comedic satirical elements are all played out in front of us. The actors feed off each other’s energy which is fun to watch as they play and experiment on stage.
This new age psychedelic, musical adventure will question your perception of reality and is bound to have you chuckling. Full of pop culture and music references, out of this world characters, with almost every performer impressively portraying multiple characters, this show is great fun to see with your mates with a beer.
Review by Olivia Jannesson
The humbling tale of an ant fighting to become himself, in a world where the status quo is gospel; and one humble man fighting against the world, for his gospel is Status Quo. Two happy-go-lucky aliens just looking to fit in; and the alien mobster, whose found his perfect fit. This is: Hawk! The Untold Tale of Tony Taylor, an original play from AS IF that will tantalise your comedy tonsils, masquerade as musical magic, and take you to galaxies far, far away…
Hen & Chickens Theatre
109 St Paul’s Road
London N1 2NA