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Punching Horses

Playing until 6 Mar 2021

Hen and Chickens Theatre

Two foster brothers, Tankard and Paddle, are on the run after the death of their mother leads to an unexpected murder.
Punching Horses at Hen and Chickens Theatre

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Show details


PUNCHING HORSES is a new play from award winning writer Mark A. C. Brown.

His first in a decade after working predominantly in film.

The play is about two foster brothers, Tankard and Paddle, who are on the run after the death of their mother leads to an unexpected murder.

On their way to what they hope is a new start Tankard and Paddle break into occupied houses to lie low.

But events escalate from hilarious hijinks into violent tragedy as they fail to stay in control of their situation and more importantly their own minds.

It is a dark tragi-comedy about co-dependence, brotherhood, mental illness and quite a bit of killing.

Background, advisory warnings

Age suitability: 18+

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Postal address:
109 St Paul's Road
London N1 2NA

Box office tel: 020 7704 2001

Box office email: Send Mail

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Previews from:Monday 1 March 2021

Closes:Saturday 6 March 2021

Performance days & times


Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday - 4-30pm

Running time: To be confirmed




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Author: Mark A.C. Brown


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