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The chippy: it’s a British institution. While most of us probably won’t have been able to enjoy the pleasures of fish and chips lately, the community that comes together while waiting on a fresh fry in these establishments is evoked in a new production from writer Janet Plater. Despite the recent restrictions, Plater’s work Haddock and Chips is currently in the R&D phase, with a view to touring in Autumn 2021. It’ll be a rich tale set in a Whitley Bay chippy as protagonists Brenda and Bob manage with a man down, and exploring themes of human decency and kindness.

Haddock and Chips is produced in partnership with CaroleW Productions, whose commitment to supporting projects which epitomise ‘a good night out’ ensures that the production will contain a hearty dose of music and comedy alongside insights into humanity and loneliness.

Accompanying this current phase of development are two creative calls. Coinciding with Bob’s youthful ambition to be a professional photographer, imagery is a running theme throughout the play and it is hoped that an exhibition of selected works will accompany any tour. In addition, the team are also seeking two short response pieces from emerging writers to the production’s core themes. In turn, these will be brought to fruition by a director and actors to be performed to an invited audience. While we may still be socially distanced right now, even in its early stages Haddock and Chips is offering a form of creative community through its take on a cornerstone of British life.

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