Serving Northern sole and chips in new play

A brand new play, where audiences are invited to enjoy a fish and chip supper, is on its way to three Lancashire venues in March.

“Chips Shop Chips”, from Manchester company Box of Tricks, will first visit Calder Vale Village Hall on Friday 18 March at 7.30pm. The following evening it will travel to the Hewitt Lecture Room in Lytham St. Annes on Saturday 19 March at 7.30pm, before moving on to St. Joseph’s Parish Hall in Hoghton on Sunday 20 March at 7.30pm. Find out how to book your tickets here.

Box of Tricks will be kicking off its 10th anniversary year in February with the première of Becky Prestwich’s funny and nostalgic new tale of love over fish and chips and some Northern soul.

It’s the grand reopening of Booth’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” is an immersive love story set in a chippy performing in unusual spaces across the North of England.

The production is directed by Box of Tricks’ Joint Artistic Director and co-founder Adam Quayle (Plastic Figurines, Box of Tricks) and will feature in the cast Ben Ryan Davies (Wonderland, Hampstead Theatre and Ronan Burley in Waterloo Road, BBC), Russell Richardson (A Winter’s Tale, Northern Broadsides), Julie Edwards (Brief Encounters at Bradford Interchange, Freedom Studios), and in her stage début Jessica Forrest (Hollyoaks and Coronation Street).

“Chip Shop Chips” is the third national touring production for Manchester-based Box of Tricks, a theatre company that champions the next generation of playwrights and will tour the north of England during February and March.

Speaking ahead of the shows, director Adam Quayle said:

“Becky is a wonderful playwright: her plays are beautifully crafted, warm and big-hearted. I can’t wait to take her latest play, Chip Shop Chips, out on the road to unusual venues across the North – chip shops, village halls, community centres, libraries – engaging new audiences with a chippy tea and a great night out right there on their doorstep.”