Arnold Wesker's play Chips with Everything is an examination of class attitudes in Britain through the window of the armed forces.
In one scene a group of conscripts sing the peculiar English folk song Cutty Wren. This portrays a group of unlikely characters discussing the hunting, killing and eating of a small bird in bizarre detail, ending with an exhortation to "give it to the poor".
The origins of the song are disputed, but one theory dates it back to the Peasants Revolt, with the wren standing in for King Richard II. The originator of this theory, A. L. Lloyd is known to have been an acquaintance of the playwright.
In the play, the song is sung by a group of conscripts, but the stage directions state they are to sing each verse with increasing aggression.
What is the significance of this song, and the style in which it is sung, in the context of the play?