CHIPS are so moreish, aren't they?! The first tour of Chip Shop Chips in 2016 sold out every night, prompting Manchester company Box Of Tricks to take Becky Prestwich’s nostalgic tale of love over fish and chips and a prime slice or two of Northern Soul back out on a second trek.

They are frying tonight at "unusual spaces across the north," such as Scarborough Market Hall – with the gleaming fruit still on show – on Tuesday and Wednesday night, Leyburn Methodist Church on Sunday evening and a sold-out Pocklington Arts Centre on April 3.

This is the third such "play and a plate" opportunity in The Press locality to tuck into a fish supper – scampi or haddock goujons and chips in a box on this occasion – after Mikron Theatre's typically educative and ecologically concerned One Of Each at the Wetherby Whaler, York, in 2015 and Emma Hill's "grime-versus-brass-bands" #ChipShoptheMusical at Wackers of York in 2016.

There is nothing mushy about Chip Shop Chips, even if Adam Quayle's touring show comes wrapped with scraps: namely audience participation in the form of a Fishy Facts and Showbiz quiz and a competition to make the best newspaper hat, plus the ever-uplifting blasts of Northern Soul platters.

Beyond the fish puns, Prestwich applies more vinegar than those other plays did, mainly in the sour character of Josh Moran's recovering alcoholic Eric, who has quit running a bar overseas to reopen the northern family business, Booth & Sons Fish & Chips. Not only chippy teas, but glasses of wine, bread and butter pudding and quizzes.

Nice young lad Lee Jamieson (Mark Newsome) has landed his first job, serving tables, nervous but more positive about a fresh start than cynical Eric. In come newly widowed Christine (Julie Edward), tentatively looking to rekindle the flame with Eric, the teenage first love she cast away in favour of university, and her granddaughter Jasmine (Jessica Forrest), knowingly pretty, easily bored, feisty and on the cusp of taking those same steps. Turns out she and hapless, lovely Lee used to be in the same class, but will anything add up now?

Prestwich's tone is both chippy and chipper, as (harsh) lessons in love are played out over two generations by the well balanced cast. Like the lure of a first-date bag of chips, nothing changes there.

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