Project Description

Little Earthquake cooks up a brand-new sub-genre — the souvlaki Western — to explore cultural collision, community cohesion and the way to cook the perfect battered chip.

A Tale Of Two Chippies

A TALE OF TWO CHIPPIES

A LITTLE EARTHQUAKE PRODUCTION

This project is supported by an Open Access Award from
CREATIVE BLACK COUNTRY
as part of the
CREATIVE PEOPLE AND PLACES SCHEME

With further support from

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

Recently arrived in the Black Country from Bulgaria, Hristo finds himself caught up in a terrible feud between a Greek family and a Turkish family who run rival takeaway businesses at either end of one small street. Fuelled by acts of sabotage and violence and fired by illicit friendships and forbidden romance, the cod war heats up faster than a fryer full of oil. As the situation reaches flashpoint, the shared pleasures of a chip supper may be the only way to bring the divided community back together.

Developed in consultation with Black Country residents who have settled here from Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria, and with guidance from the region’s magnificent fish bar owners and their families, A Tale of Two Chippies draws upon real-life stories of integration and isolation, harmony and hostility — as well as offering a free cone of chips to every audience member — to explore what it means for Eastern Europeans to make a home in the wild West Midlands.

CAST

Hristo | Tom Hendryk
Nick / Tamer / Achilleas | Jack Trow

CREATIVE TEAM

Writer and Dramaturg | Philip Holyman
AV Design | Gareth Nicholls

FOR LITTLE EARTHQUAKE

Co-Directors | Gareth Nicholls and Philip Holyman

THANKYOUS

Neil Reading, Sam Fleming, Kirsty Povey, Steve Payne, Jo Marshall and the entire extended family at the Arena Theatre

Sajida Carr and all at Creative Black Country

Maria Theocharides

Laura Killeen, Roisin Caffrey, Craig Stephens and James Yarker at Stan’s Cafe

Twana and the team at The Island House,
purveyors of the fine chips at our work-in-progress sharing