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Chip Shop Chips at Hart Village Hall

ON Tour: Chip Shop Chips at Hart Village Hall


“An amazing time which was so entertaining and so real you felt the emotions, fantastic”
  – Audience Member

On 10th March, Hart Village Hall played host to the wonderful “Chip Shop Chips” by Box of Tricks Theatre. Written by Becky Prestwich the show incorporated immersive theatre with a heart-warming tale about losing love and then finding it again.

We got the chance to go along to the show to experience it for ourselves and meet our Hart ON Tour promoter, Emma Stanworth. As we entered the village hall the atmosphere was already buzzing and there seemed to be a lot of excitement in the air. The entire venue had been transformed into a Fish and Chip Shop. Tables with red checkered cloths and salt and vinegar a-plenty, were spread out around the hall, allowing the audience to come together and have a natter before the show kicked off.

As the play began, whilst we munched away on our Fish and Chip supper, the audience became the customers of the grand re-opening of Booths Fish and Chip Shop. And so unfolded a wonderful story. We wouldn’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say the show was interlaced with audience participation, emotional at times but also invoked a whole lot of laughter from everyone.

“Lovely story – very entertaining. Hope they come back.”

Not only was the script really well-written but the acting was top class. Mark Newsome, who played the loveable Chip Shop worker, Lee Jamieson, had some lovely words to say about the nights performance:

Tonight’s show. That’s why I’m an actor. Working class audiences are mint. That’s what theatre is. I don’t think I’ve don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed myself on stage as much as this evening. Proper good.
— Mark Newsome (@RokSamm) March 10, 2018

Overall it was a truly enjoyable evening and we’d recommend it highly*! The whole experience really summed up what ON Tour is all about; bringing the community together and allowing people from all walks of life to experience high-class theatre.

And lastly we’ll leave you with some lovely pictures taken from the night:

#chipShopChips cast & Hart Village hall committee post show, lovely evening was had by all. @bottc
— richard owen (@richardowenLD) March 11, 2018

(Take a look at Richard Owens twitter feed to see more lovely shots of the Chip Shop Chips set up in other ON Tour venues, including Potto, The NASH and Skipton Town Hall.)

Hart Village Hall’s next show with ON Tour will be The Unknown Soldier by Grist to the Mill Productions. For tickets and more information click here
The Unknown Soldier will also be touring to Hunmanby Community Centre (for tickets click here) and Skipton Town Hall (for tickets click here)

(*If you fancy seeing the show yourself, click here for information on where Chip Shop Chips will be touring next)