Chip Shop Chips Q&A
Who came up with the idea of incorporating a fish and chip supper into the play and how do you think this adds to the performance? The playwright Becky had the idea of writing a play set in a chip shop and the eating part just kind of followed. When we were first discussing the idea we had no idea how we would provide the food. We even thought at one point that we would have to cook it ourselves on site… Thank goodness that didn’t happen! Having the audience eat fish and chips whilst the play is performed around them makes it a completely immersive experience. You don’t just see the chip shop the play is set in, but you sit at the tables, you can smell it and taste it! I also think people are attracted to the theatre with a social element. You can come with friends, have a chat, grab a drink, take part in the quiz. You are guaranteed to have a good time.
Thinking about your show, what’s the one thing overall that you hope audiences will take away from seeing the show? I suppose as well as having an enjoyable evening, I hope it makes people think about theatre differently. Theatre isn’t just a play on a big stage in a dark theatre in the city.
What is it about rural touring that appeals to you? What are the challenges? (If any!) The opportunity to reach so many new audiences is what I find most appealing. Audiences who see a show of ours on a rural tour would probably never book to see it in a studio theatre. I suppose the challenges of rural touring from a producers perspective can be that we often perform lots of one-nighters so it means lots of accommodation to book, sometimes in what can feel like the middle of nowhere! It’s also a lot of travel and hard work for the actors moving the show into a new venue every day. We are lucky to have a great team on Chip Shop Chips who all get stuck in putting up the set and taking it down again, as well as performing the show in the middle!