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Directed by Mark Leipacher
Part of the Write Now 5 Festival

'If you peel the skin away from someone do you think people would recognise who they were? From their voice, or from the way their eyes moved, or from how their teeth fit together.'

Ailleen is about to turn sixteen. In the confines of a run-down fried chicken shop, she finds refuge.
Refuge from the pain left behind by the sudden disappearance of her eldest brother Ricki, and from the demons that haunt her alcoholic mother Rose.

When Ailleen’s Uncle Silco unexpectedly returns, her birthday party descends into shocking revelations and dangerous half-truths. Against the backdrop of boxed chicken, her coming of age is acutely shaped by the flawed adults and the secrets of those closest to her.

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Max Katz has received rehearsed readings at theatres including Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre, Soho Upstairs Theatre, and Young Vic Theatre. She has also been short and long listed for various theatre awards, including the Alfred Fagon Award (2006 & 2008), the Verity Bargate Award (2008) and the Bruntwood Prize (2012). Max works in south east London, supporting projects across London for vulnerable and diverse communities.
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