Play set in northern chippie to be staged at two Wensleydale venues

An exciting piece of immersive theatre, Chip Shop Chips, is to be performed at two venues in Wensleydale next month.

Chip Shop Chips, by Manchester-based theatre company Box of Tricks, explores love and family in the setting of a northern Chippie.

The audience will sit cabaret-style at tables and will be served fish and chips by actors as part of the show.

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An event in Hawes, which is taking place on Thursday, March 8 at 7.30 pm, is being sponsored by Hawes Chippie who are providing the fish and chips, or deep-fried Wensleydale cheese for veggies.

For Emily Rowe Rawlence – who runs The NASH – and her family – the Faggs who run the Chippie in Hawes – the themes resonate deeply.

Emily said: ‘The play tells the story of a Chippie being passed down over generations, and of a son who returns to run the family business when his father falls ill.

“This could be the story of the Hawes Chippie, which was run by the late Reg Fagg and then passed to his son who returned from Australia to take the reins.

“When I heard about the production I got shivers down my spine and booked it as quickly as I could. It sold out in two days.

“The Chippie is a fascinating setting in which to tell a story as it brings people from all walks of life together – who doesn’t love fish and chips? It will be a top-quality, intimate theatrical experience; I just hope I can get all the fish and chips up the hill and delivered to our audience members on time.’

Chip Shop Chips is a play by Becky Prestwich.

It is touring Nationally from February 23 to April 21 and will be in North Yorkshire from 8-11th March via the Rural Arts touring scheme.

Tickets have sold out at The NASH on Thursday, March 8 but it’s also on at Leyburn Arts and Community Centre on Sunday, March 11.

A full tour schedule of performances can be found here