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UK grime, Yorkshire brass, fish & chips and all in your local Yorkshire chippy!


Press Release


Emma Hill, Writes & Freedom Studios & Octagon Theatre, Bolton present #ChipShoptheMusical

Written by Emma Hill

Brass Composer – Michael Betteridge
Grime Producer – Owly Beats
Directed by Ben Occhipinti

UK grime, Yorkshire brass, fish & chips and all in your local Yorkshire chippy!


When shy South Yorkshire teenager Ayla blags a job in her local chippie, her secret dreams of a grime music career seem more out of reach than ever. It doesn’t help that her boss, Gram, is a cynical, brass band-loving bloke who’s falling out of step with the world as it changes around him. On the surface they have nothing in common, but can they come together and sort their lives – and the shop – out, before business and personal pressures force a closure?


The show stars Remmie Milner as wannabe MC, Ayla (Plastic Figurines, Box of Tricks, National Tour; The Piper, Oxford Playhouse; Romeo and Juliet, Custom Practice, National Tour; I Started a Fire, Arcola Theatre; Don’t Tell the Kids, Contact Theatre; Melody Loses Her Mojo, 20 Stories High and Liverpool Playhouse) and Darren Southworth as brass-loving Gram (Cox & Box, Mrs Bouncers Legacy, Stephen Joseph Theatre; The Bengal Lily, Manchester Royal Exchange Studio; Lip Service – Best Bits, Lip Service Theatre; The BFG, Octagon Theatre Bolton).


Emma Hill – writer, lead artist and co-producer of #ChipShoptheMusical has strong connections to Yorkshire: ‘I spent all my school holidays in Yorkshire with my Mum’s family as a child. I also lived in Yorkshire when I was a teenager and as an adult. I love Yorkshire and this show has Yorkshire at its heart. I am delighted to be bringing this show to share with Yorkshire audiences.”


#ChipShoptheMusical will feature five special performances as part of Yorkshire Festival 2016, the UK’s newest international festival. It will build on the resounding success of the first edition in 2014 and promises world premieres and UK exclusives with spectacular outdoor performances as well as music, theatre, arts and dance from theatres to clubs.


#ChipShoptheMusical is directed by Ben Occhipinti and features a unique blend of brass music (composed by Michael Betteridge), grime music (produced by Owly Beats) and further incredible artistic support from BBC Radio 1 Annie Mac’s artist to watch in 2016, Coco, and DJ Jo Kira (Radar Radio, London; ESS, part of iHeart Radio, NYC; All Star FM, and UK Mondo),alongside the award-winning championship brass band, Wingates.


The show is choreographed by South Yorkshire breakdancer Nathan Geering (Breakin Convention, Sadler Wells; Bright in the Corner, Ushutu, regional tour; Kathakbox, Sonia Sabri Company, nominated for the London Dance Award) and designed by Ryan Dawson Laight (Ham and Passion, De Neda Dance Theatre, Blue Elephant Theatre; Drunk, Bridewell Theatre; HenryV, Creation Theatre; HMS Pinafore, The Union Theatre).


Funded by Arts Council England, Yorkshire Festival, and Seafish – the authority on seafood - this is a unique and uplifting play about unlikely friendships, mismatched music… and chips.


For more information on Yorkshire Festival 2016, go to or follow on Twitter @YorkshireFest or on Facebook yorkshirefestival.


Digital content, show trailer and social media available on and by following the show title #ChipShoptheMusical on Twitter.




Notes to Editors

Tour Dates and Venues

Olympus Fish and Chip Restaurant, Bolton
Wed 11 – Sat 21 May, 7:30pm
British Sign Language Performance: Thu 19 May
Captioned Performance: Fri 20 May
Tickets: £18 (£16) including fish & chips and a brew.


In Plaice, Bradford
Mon 23 – Fri 27 May, 8pm


Wackers, York
Wed 1 – Fri 3 June, 6pm food followed by 7:30pm show, and 8:30pm food followed by 9pm show
£15 (£12) including food


Sea Urchin, Dewsbury
Tues 8 June


Woody’s, Barnsley
Fri 17 & Sat 18 June, 6:30pm food followed by 7pm show
£8 (£6) including food


Yorkshire Festival Dates

Thu 16 June – The White Horse Thirsk
Sun 19 June – Seafish, Conisbrough
Tue 21 & Wed 22 June – Nash’s, Leeds
Thu 23 June – Wetherby Whaler, Guiseley

Emma Hill works as a writer, producer, director, and facilitator in theatre, broadcast and digital media. She created #ChipShoptheMusical, has written the book and lyrics for the show, developed and produced the show’s concept, creative team, digital content and outreach programme, and raised two rounds of Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts funding awards towards developing and touring the show. Emma is also freelancer for the Royal Exchange Participation and Learning Team, was BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow at Z-arts in 2015, and is Associate Director for Dark Horse Theatre’s Conservatoire in 2016.


Ben Occhipinti is the Octagon’s Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme Assistant Director, having previously worked on productions at the Octagon including The Family Way, Piaf and Private Lives as a composer and musical director. His credits include Magna Cantata, Salisbury Cathedral and BBC; Market Songs, Salisbury International Arts Festival; I Need a Doctor, Edinburgh Festival; This is My Song, Spread a Little Happiness, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Wizard of Oz, Oliver!, The Boy Friend, Salisbury Playhouse; La Rondine and Noye’s Fludde, Iford Opera, His Dark Materials, Prime Theatre Company, Dr Quimpugh’s Compendium of Peculiar Afflictions, Petersham Playhouse and Edinburgh Festival; Mack and Mabel, Greenwich Theatre; Into the Woods and Parade, The Lowry; Bugsy Malone and Calamity Jane, Theatre Royal Bath; and Parade and Spend, Spend, Spend, Birmingham Old Rep.


Freedom Studios is a theatre company based in Bradford, specialising in creating work for non-theatre and theatre spaces, and writers and artist development.


The Octagon Theatre Bolton is an artistic hub, producing new and accessible art for all in the belief that it can enrich our communities and fundamentally change peoples’ lives for the better. We celebrate Bolton’s contemporary voice and cultural heritage, and their diverse, high quality artistic offer reflects the dynamic community we serve.


The creative team further includes:

Kash Arshad – Assistant Director
Deborah Dickinson – Producer
Ashley Illman – Stage Manager
Olly Seviour – Head of Production, Octagon Theatre

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