Manchester theatre company Box of Tricks has announced that it is touring Becky Prestwich’sChip Shop Chips, a funny and nostalgic tale of love over fish and chips with some Northern soul on the side.
Focusing on love at different ages and celebrating the nation’s favourite food, Chip Shop Chips will be performed in unusual performing spaces around the UK.
The play opens at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster in February and then tours until April.
It’s the grand reopening of Booth and Son’s Fish & Chip Shop. Eric has returned home, over 40 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?
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.
The production cast will feature Josh Moran (King Lear and The Merry Wives, Northern Broadsides and most recently appearing in the hit BBC series Gunpowder and Peter Kay’s Car Share) as Eric; Julie Edwards (Brief Encounters at Bradford Interchange, Freedom Studios) as Christine; Jessica Forrest (Hollyoaks and Coronation Street) as Jasmine and Mark Newsome (Early Doors, Not Too Tame Theatre) as Lee.
Chip Shop Chips is directed by Box of Tricks’ joint artistic director and co-founder Adam Quayle.
Becky Prestwich is a North-West based writer for stage and screen. She writes regularly for both Doctors and Holby City.
Becky was part of the prestigious BBC TV Drama Writer’s Programme 2016 and currently has an original TV Drama series under option with Lime Pictures.
She said: “When I was pregnant with my son, my carb cravings meant I spent a lot of time in chippies.
“That got me thinking about the associations we have with fish and chips – family, comfort, tradition.
“I wanted to write a play about what it feels like to be snuggled up with someone you love and a bag of chips between you.
“I approached the brilliant Box of Tricks with what was then a very sketchy idea for a love story set in a chip shop. They immediately saw the potential for a theatre experience which could reach out to new audiences in unusual venues.
“It was fantastic seeing audiences embrace the show in their own community spaces – the show really was different every night.
“One of my favourite memories from the original tour was a man approaching me after a performance and telling me that his wife hadn’t told him they were seeing a theatre show that night – and if she had he wouldn’t have gone – but that he was very glad he had.
“I am excited to share the show with new audiences once again and see what new stories and experiences that brings to light”.
The production is the fourth national touring production for Manchester-based Box of Tricks, a theatre company that champions the next generation of playwrights.
2018 Tour Dates
February 23, Dukes Theatre, Lancaster February 24, The Platform, Morecambe (presented by The Duke’s Lancaster) February 27 -28 February, Stahl Theatre, Oundle School March 1, St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester March 2-3, Arts Out West, Cumbria March 4, Wilbraham St Ninian’s URC (Chorlton Good Neighbours) March 6-7, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough March 8-11, Rural Arts, North Yorkshire March 13-15, Creative Scene, Kirklees, various venues March 17, St Helen’s Library March 20-25, Night Out Wales, various venues April 3, Pocklington Arts Centre April 4-5, Black Country Touring, various venues April 6-7, The Wightman Shrewsbury April 10, The Y, Leicester April 11, Grimsby Central Hall April 12, Oldham Library April 13-15, Spot On, Lancashire, various venues April 17, Touchstones, Rochdale April 18, Northwich Memorial Hall April 19-21, The Edge Arts Centre, Chorlton.