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Haddock & Chips a new play by Janet Plater


“Says here, there’s a lass gone missing. It’s on the Twitter.”

It’s a busy night at Frankie’s Chippy, as always. From lasses heading out on the town, to those just passing through and the regulars who have been coming here for years. But when reports start coming in of a little girl gone missing, the community must pull together to find her before it’s too late. Will they see what was under their noses all along?


Funny and heart-warming, Haddock & Chips is a timely play about community and how, in the hardest of times, we can find hope in humanity.

"very funny, excellent performances… and just what we need at the moment.
Helen Green, Head of Performance, Sunderland Culture

Haddock & Chips Reviews:

"As a regular reviewer you get to see lots of shows that are supposed to be comedies but they contain few laughs. Haddock & Chips rises to the top of the comedy crop as it finds comedy in both the things we say and they way we say it." 

North East Theatre Guide

"Haddock & Chips exemplifies something theatrical which I hadn’t realised I had missed, that warm-hearted mixture of humour and seriousness which theatre can do so well, performed – with deceptive ease - by consummate professionals."

British Theatre Guide

"Out of the cauldron of creativity has popped this tasty morsel, as well-wrapped and welcome as fish ‘n’ chips on an autumn day... Janet Plater’s play contains comedy and gravitas in perfect measure."

Cultured North East

"Haddock and Chips is perfect in every way – from the sound of the fryer to the myriad ways the handling of wooden chippy forks can say so much about a multitude of characters! Go watch it!"

Lucy Nichol

Haddock & Chips Previews:

British Theatre Guide

North East Theatre Guide

Creative Team:


Written by Janet Plater
Performed by Phillippa Wilson & Joe Caffrey
Direction by Jake Murray

Design by Louis Price
Produced by Carole Wears
Movement Direction by Lee Proud

Original Music by Bridie Jackson

Sound Design by Chris Neville-Smith

Lighting by Corrie Livesey

Foyer Art Commission by Michael Davies

Tour Dates & Venues:

October 2021

  • Wednesday 20 October - The Exchange, North Shields (Preview), 7.30pm

  • Thursday 2l October - Gosforth Civic Theatre (Opening Night), 7.30pm

  • Friday 22 October - Gosforth Civic Theatre, 7.30pm

  • Saturday 23 October - Gosforth Civic Theatre, 1pm

  • Tuesday 26 October - Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm & 7.30pm

  • Thursday 28 October - Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, 7.30pm

  • Friday 29 October - Gala Durham, 7.30pm

  • Saturday 30 October - Frosterley Village Hall, Bishop Auckland, 8pm*

  • Sunday 31 October - Middleton & Todridge Village Hall, Morpeth 7.30pm*

November 2021

  • Wednesday 3 November - The Witham, Barnard Castle, 7.30pm

  • Thursday 4 November - Arts Centre Washington, 7.30pm

  • Friday 5 November - The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 7.30pm

  • Saturday 6 November - Kentmere Institute, Kendal, 7.30pm*

  • Sunday 7 November - Wetheral Community Village Hall, 7pm*

  • Wednesday 10 November - Saltburn Community Theatre, 7.30pm

  • Thursday 11 November - The Exchange, North Shields, 7.30pm       

  • Friday 12 November - The Exchange, North Shields, 7.30pm

  • Saturday 13 November - The Exchange, North Shields, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

* These dates are presented as part of the Highlights Rural Touring Scheme.


Haddock & Chips has been supported using public funding by Arts Council England and kind support from Newcastle Theatre Royal, Tynemouth Priory Theatre, Nick Rogerson, Becci Sharrock, Gosforth Civic Theatre, Gala Durham, The Exchange in North Shields, North Chocolates and Also Creative.

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