A new play where audiences are invited to enjoy a fish and chip supper is on its way to three Cheshire venues in March.
Chip Shop Chips, from Manchester company Box of Tricks, will first visit Whitby Hall Studio in Ellesmere Port on Thursday, March 10 at 7.30pm. It will then travel to Goostrey Village Hall the following evening on Friday, March 11 at 7pm before moving on to Winsford Library on Saturday, March 12 at 7.30pm.
Tickets for the show, which is suitable for ages 11+, can be booked directly from the venues. For the Ellesmere Port show call 0151 357 2120, for Goostrey call 01477 544 467 and for Winsford phone 01606 275 065.
Those that book will have the chance to order their chippy tea, which is included in the ticket price, when they reserve their tickets.
Box of Tricks will be kicking off its 10th anniversary year in February with the premiere 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 and Chip Shop. Eric has returned home, more than 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?
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 debut, 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.
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 – chip shops, village halls, community centres, libraries – engaging new audiences with a chippy tea and a great night out right there on their doorstep.”
The three dates form part of Cheshire Rural Touring Arts’ (CRTA) spring season of touring, taking professional arts events to rural venues and libraries across the county from March until late July.
For any enquiries about these shows please contact CRTA’s Jen Henry by either emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01244 972835.
The full CRTA spring season can be found at www.cheshireruraltouringarts.co.uk.