LIVE STREAM: Chef | Toy Plastic Chicken

This event contains digital content (live streaming or video on demand)

Directors' Playground is a season of double bills of contemporary theatre presented by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School's graduating directors:
Silk Road | Kyoto - LIVE STREAM (6 May) - VIDEO ON-DEMAND (12-14 May)
I Hate Alone | Katie Johnstone - LIVE STREAM (7 May) - VIDEO ON-DEMAND (13-15 May)
Chef | Toy Plastic Chicken - LIVE STREAM (8 May) - VIDEO ON-DEMAND (14-16 May)


Written by Sabrina Mahfouz | Directed by Imy Wyatt Corner | Designed by Maria Terry | Performed by Ruby Ward

‘I used to think, do you know what this does, this life? It cooks, it feeds, it delivers, it delights, Then it dies.’

A captivating poetic show about food, memories and faded Michelin star-studded dreams. Chef tells the thrilling tale of how one woman went from working as head chef at a high-end bistro to running a prison kitchen as a convicted inmate. As chef plans the perfect seven course meal she reveals fragments from her jagged and complicated past. A charismatic and animated character, Chef’s tale is as much a lovesong to food as it is an engaging story about how the memories we choose to shelve always somehow end up back on our plate.

Toy Plastic Chicken

Written by Uma Nada-Rajah | Directed by William Byam Shaw | Designed by Natasha Sadler

All Rachel wanted was a holiday. That is before she was detained in airport security when the toy chicken she was carrying was mistaken for a bomb. Now she’s sat in an interrogation room answering questions on British foreign policy to security guards Ross and Emma. What follows is an absurd struggle for supremacy as Rachel attempts to clear her name and her captors seek to pin her as a potential terrorist. Battle lines are drawn, plots are hatched, and chickens are microwaved. Nb: expect the unexpected. Based on a real experience of writer Uma Nada-Rajah, Toy Plastic Chicken is an exploration of power, prejudice, and party in the face of injustice.


After purchasing a ticket, you will receive an email with a unique link to watch the live stream of the show, starting at 7pm on Saturday 8th May 2021. The show is available to view once only. You will not be able to pause, rewind or fast forward and you will not be able to watch the show from the beginning if you tune in late. Your link to watch the show is useable on 1 device of your choice. It is a unique link and once used on your device of choice, it will not work on any other device. For full details of how this live stream works and what you need to access it, please click here. If you have any problems during the live stream, please email

Rights for Chef: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)


Suitable for ages 18+