Sole show with soul soundtrack

Chip Shop Chips heads to Pocklington Arts Centre following a completely sold-out Northern Tour in Spring 2016.
Chip Shop Chips heads to Pocklington Arts Centre following a completely sold-out Northern Tour in Spring 2016.

A heart-warming tale with a serving of Northern sole and chips is set to visit Pocklington Arts Centre on Tuesday 3 April (7.30pm).

After the critical national success this year with the UK Theatre Award-winning production of Lizzie Nunnery’s Narvik, Manchester theatre company Box of Tricks is set to bring the acclaimed 2016 production of Becky Prestwich’s funny and nostalgic tale of love over fish and chips with a side order of some Northern soul to Pocklington this spring.

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?

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!

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 Josh Moran (Gunpowder and Peter Kay’s Car Share and Northern Broadsides), Julie Edwards (Brief Encounters at Bradford Interchange, Freedom Studios), Mark Newsome (Paines Plough and Not Too Tame) and Jessica Forrest (Hollyoaks and Coronation Street).

Director Adam Quayle said “I can’t wait to tuck in to Chip Shop Chips’ second helping!

“Following the huge success of the first tour in 2016, where we sold out every performance, and entertained audiences across the North, I’m incredibly excited about taking the show further afield and engaging new audiences across the UK.

“Chip Shop Chips is a special show and not your usual theatre experience: audiences enjoy a chippy tea, Northern Soul music with a side order of top quality theatre in venues at the heart of local communities. It’s a great night out, with audiences young and old engaging in two love stories with a big heart.

“We can’t wait to head back out on the road and take Chip Shop Chips to pubs, market halls, libraries, community centres and village halls nationwide.

“The production is the fifth national touring production for Manchester-based Box of Tricks, a theatre company that champions the next generation of playwrights.

“So, put on your dancing shoes, tuck into a fish supper and brace yourself for a unique theatrical experience.”

For further information on Box of Tricks and the production, visit

Tickets, £12 (includes pre-show Fish & Chip Supper) and £10 (Under 21) are available by visiting or by calling the box office on 01759 301547.