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Macbeth and fish & chips!

Fresh from his latest TV appearance in the Sky Atlantic series Chernobyl, East Riding Theatre’s Artistic Director, Adrian Rawlins, will be back on home ground to direct the Beverley theatre’s latest in-house production.

“Chippy”, described as a funny and contemporary murder mystery, premieres at the theatre on June 19th for ten days before being presented to audiences in New Zealand. It marks ERT’s first official international collaboration with the Lyttleton Arts Factory in New Zealand

Adrian (pictured) played Chief Engineer Nikolai Fomin in Chernobyl and says he is thrilled to be directing at ERT again and also to be collaborating once more with artists in New Zealand especially Mike Friend, Artistic Director of Lyttleton Arts Factory who will be directing the New Zealand version of the show early next year.

Commenting on the joint venture, Adrian said: “After the success of taking ERT’s production of Oliver Twist to the Lyttelton Arts Factory in New Zealand, I am thrilled to be directing Chippy in this ongoing creative international collaboration pairing local talent with New Zealand’s finest.” 

Adrian went on to say: “Much loved New Zealand writer Joe Bennett was given the challenge of writing a play based on Macbeth set in an East Riding chip shop! After many collaborative twists and turns the result is Chippy.”

In the play, Beth and Mack live in the back room of the Captain Twocooks fish and chip shop somewhere in the East Riding. Upstairs, unseen, but far from unheard, lies the Captain, slowly dying. His presence broods over the business. Beth struggles to cope. Has he written a will? What will happen when he goes? Will he ever go? Will anyone help him go? And what do you do with a body?