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Haddock & Chips a new play by Janet Plater to tour the North East

CaroleW Productions presents:

Haddock & Chips by Janet Plater

Preview performance on Wednesday 20 October at The Exchange in North Shields.

Touring the North East of England from Thursday 21 October to Saturday 13 November 2021.


Newcastle based CaroleW Productions is delighted to announce the North East tour of Haddock & Chips a funny, heartwarming and timely new play by Janet Plater. Starring Phillippa Wilson and Joe Caffrey and directed by Jake Murray


Haddock & Chips is set on a busy night in Frankie’s, a fictitious chippy in Whitley Bay. When reports start coming in of a little girl gone missing the community must pull together to find her before it’s too late.

The play, which will preview at The Exchange in North Shields on Wednesday 20 October before opening at Gosforth Civic Theatre on Thursday 21 October 2021, will then tour to Alnwick Playhouse, Queen’s Hall Arts Centre in Hexham, Gala Durham, Frosterley Village Hall in Bishop Auckland, Middleton and Todridge Village Hall in Morpeth, The Witham in Barnard Castle, Arts Centre Washington, The Maltings in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Kentmere Institute in Kendal, Wetheral Community Village Hall in Carlisle, Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens near Durham and Saltburn Community Theatre before returning to The Exchange in North Shields on Thursday 11 November 2021 for four homecoming performances.

Phillippa Wilson

Phillippa Wilson and Joe Caffrey, who last worked together in Twelve Tales of Tyneside at Newcastle’s Live Theatre, will play all of the characters to come through Frankie’s doors providing a whistle stop encounter with Whitley Bay’s finest folk and an uplifting message about the power of ordinary people working together to care for one another.

As producer Carole Wears of CaroleW Productions explains: “Brimming with humour and humanity Haddock & Chips promises to capture the hearts and minds of audiences transporting them to the coastal town of Whitley Bay for a night of feel good entertainment. Stopping off at fourteen venues across the North East of England, with a few Cumbria dates mixed in for good measure, Haddock & Chips is a play about the people and communities that can be found in any seaside resort. You’ll almost be able to smell the sea air!”

Joe Caffrey

Director Jake Murray added: “Haddock & Chips is a beautiful, funny, thought-provoking new play which is both moving and inspiring. Set in the North East the play has a big heart, a shrewd eye for human character and a real community spirit. Janet Plater has carefully crafted characters we know but don’t always see on stage in a play that explores the idea that people don’t always achieve what once they dreamt of. Some are lucky to find contentment, even if it’s in unexpected ways and others drift, searching for a sense of belonging and home.”

Featuring an upbeat soundtrack and original music from Bridie Jackson, Haddock & Chips will include dance scenes choreographed by multi award-winning choreographer Lee Proud.

Originally from Fenham in Newcastle upon Tyne Lee spent four years in the original London Cast of Billy Elliot the Musical where he became the show’s Resident Choreographer before going on to work on a host of blockbuster shows across the world.

As if that’s not enough, some lucky audience members will be gifted a limited edition Haddock & Chips salted chocolate created especially for the tour by Bev Stephenson of Gosforth based North Chocolates. Theatregoers will also be explore a unique foyer artwork created by Newcastle based visual artist Michael Davies based on the themes of the play.


Cast & Creatives:

CaroleW Productions presents

Haddock & Chips by Janet Plater

Performed by Phillippa Wilson & Joe Caffrey

Direction by Jake Murray

Design by Louis Price

Movement Direction by Lee Proud

Original Music by Birdie Jackson

Haddock & Chips 2021 Tour Dates:

October 2021

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

• Gosforth Civic Theatre - Thursday 21 to Friday 22 October, 7.30pm & Saturday 23 October, 1pm

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

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

• Gala Durham - Friday 29 October, 7.30pm

• Frosterley Village Hall in Bishop Auckland - Saturday 30 October, 7.30pm*

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

November 2021

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

• Arts Centre Washington - Thursday 4 November, 7.30pm

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

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

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

• Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens near Durham - Tuesday 9 November, 7.30pm

• Saltburn Community Theatre - Wednesday 10 November, 7.30pm

• The Exchange in North Shields - Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 November, 7.30pm, Saturday 13 November 2.30pm

* These dates are part of the Highlights Rural Touring Scheme

Age suitability: 12+

Duration: Approx. 2 hours including interval


Haddock & Chips, which will tour the North East of England from Wednesday 20 October to Saturday 13 November 2021, has been made possible using public funding by Arts Council England.

Tickets for the tour range from £12-£14. For more details about tour dates and to book tickets visit

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