Chip Off the Old Blog- Actor Russell Richardson 10/02/2016


1. Tell us a little bit about your role

Eric, my character, is a down-to-earth northern man returning to his roots in the family fish ‘n’ chips business after having worked all round the world. He encounters an old past love

2. What attracted you to this play?

I’ve always enjoyed working on new pieces of writing and, as an actor feel it’s important to work with directors and companies I haven’t worked with before. This play ticks all boxes – it’s entertaining and hopefully I’ll get some chips!

3. With whom would you most like to share a chippy tea?

Well…… I have actually had chippy tea with Sir Tom Jones at a famous fish ‘n’ chip restaurant in the Vale of Glamorgan when I was working at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. It wasn’t arranged I have to say, it was pure chance and he was very pleasant to chat to.

However, if I could choose I’d like to have a chippy tea with Bobby Charlton – my childhood hero.

4 .Who or what was your first love?

As a child, my ‘first love’ was ponds. I spent all my time with my friend going over the moors with a fishing net and a jam jar catching mainly newts and sticklebacks. (Still love my garden pond even now).

5. Where are you most looking forward to visiting on the tour?

As an actor I have an in-built roaming instinct. Always like going to new places but have a passion for Cumbria where I toured 6 different plays with Pocket Theatre based in Kendal.

6. What do you put on your chips?

My wife, Louise, thinks I’m a heathen as she says it should be ketchup. Me, I put brown sauce on my chips – all the time!

Chip Shop Chips tours from the 17th February to the 23rd of March. Book tickets here.