Chip Shop Chips

A new play by Becky Prestwich

23 February – 21 April 2018

“She's not going anywhere yet. Even if it's just for tonight - he won't unwish it. They can have now. And then years after, they'll still get a shiver from the memories.”

It’s the grand reopening of Booth and Son’s Fish & Chip Shop. Eric has returned home, over forty years after he left, and it’s time for a fresh start. But old flame Christine has other ideas. Transported back to a time of chippy teas and Northern Soul, there’s unfinished business for these old lovers. Watching teenage love stumble as hapless Lee makes a pass at the beautiful Jasmine, is it all just history repeating?

Focusing on love at different ages and celebrating the nation’s favourite food, Chip Shop Chips heads nationwide following a completely sold-out Northern Tour in Spring 2016. Performing in unusual spaces across the country, brace yourself for an immersive love story set to a soundtrack of Northern Soul and served with a fish and chip supper. This is theatre, but not as you know it: dinner, quiz and a show all rolled into one!

Tickets include a fish ‘n’ chips supper!

Production supported by The Edge, Manchester

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“When Richard Wagner came up with the idea of the Gesamtkunstwerk, the total all-embracing work of art, he probably didn’t anticipate mixing in fish suppers, a trivia quiz and a silly-hat competition with a touching little comedy/drama of first love, lost love and the impermanence of youth... What makes Chip Shop Chips work so well is the fusion between all the different strands, between performers and audience... Love, loss and fish suppers.”
★★★★ Reviews Hub (Scarborough)
“A show like no other, full of puns, humour, emotion, quizzes, crafting and all with the added bonus of fish and chips thrown in. A perfect night out!”
★★★★ Fairy Powered Productions
“A nostalgic, funny and heartfelt play about our love of fish and chips... A great night out, hopefully also attracting people who wouldn’t normally go to the theatre... A charismatic cast, cracking dialogue, a hefty dollop of Northern humour, and great grub, ensured that a good time was had by all.”
Pocklington Post
“The cast play their parts superbly bringing a love story of fish, chips and lovers together with humour and nostalgia... A wonderful experience.”
Holderness Gazette
“Prestwich's tone is both chippy and chipper, as (harsh) lessons in love are played out over two generations by the well balanced cast. Like the lure of a first-date bag of chips, nothing changes there.”
York Press
“Box of Tricks have really challenged themselves and produced an immersive show with a lot of heart... Chip Shop Chips is a fabulous show for everyone – those who are new to theatre and those seasoned theatre goers. It’s a superb evening and a joyous trip down memory lane, celebrating love through the ages and the nation's favourite food.”
★★★★ Upstaged Manchester
“Genuinely heartbreaking... Chip Shop Chips is an all-round feel-good immersive production, performed in spaces you might never visit otherwise, all across the North. Go with friends, lots of friends, have a laugh, a chippy tea (yep, they bus in fish and chips so you can munch and watch) and a night to remember.”
★★★★ Reviews Hub (Salford)
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Cast Members:

Creative Team:

Director: Adam Quayle Associate Producer: Amy Fisher
Designer: Katie Scott Production Manager & Lighting: Richard Owen
Sound: Chris James

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Show Calendar

Dukes Theatre, Lancaster 23 February
The Platform, Morecambe (presented by The Dukes, Lancaster) 24 February
Skipton Town Hall (Rural Arts) 25 February
Stahl Theatre, Oundle 27 February — 28 February
St Mary's Creative Space, Chester 1 March
Ullock Village Hall (Arts Out West) 2 March
Bassenthwaite Parish Room (Arts Out West) 3 March
Wilbraham St Ninian’s URC (Chorlton Good Neighbours) 4 March
Stephen Joseph Theatre at Scarborough Market Hall 6 March — 7 March
The Nash, Hawes (Rural Arts) 8 March
Potto Village Hall, Hambleton (Rural Arts) 9 March
Hart Village Hall, Hartlepool (Rural Arts) 10 March
Leyburn Methodist Church (Rural Arts) 11 March
Navigation Tavern, Mirfield (Creative Scene, Kirklees) 13 March
Leggers Inn, Dewsbury (Creative Scene, Kirklees) 14 March
Mill Valley Brewery, Cleckheaton (Creative Scene, Kirklees) 15 March
Gleaston Village Hall (Arts Out West) 16 March
Parr Library, St Helens 17 March
Hawthorn Community Centre (Night Out Wales) 20 March
Cwmavon Village Hall (Night Out Wales) 21 March
Gwynfe Community Hall (Night Out Wales) 22 March
Hood Memorial Hall (Night Out Wales) 23 March
Letterston Memorial Hall (Night Out Wales) 24 March
Pocklington Arts Centre 3 April
Newhampton Arts Centre (Black Country Touring) 4 April
Thimblemill Library, Smethwick (Black Country Touring) 5 April
The Wightman, Shrewsbury 6 April — 7 April
The Y, Leicester 10 April
Grimsby Central Hall 11 April
Oldham Library 12 April
Bleasdale Parish Hall (Spot On, Lancashire) 13 April
Tockholes Village Hall (Spot On, Lancashire) 14 April
Longton Victory Memorial Club (Spot On, Lancashire) 15 April
Touchstones, Rochdale 17 April
Northwich Memorial Hall 18 April
The Edge, Manchester 19 April  — 21 April 2018
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