OPEN ACCESS PROFILE – Little Earthquake


In A Tale of Two Chippies, 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.

Little Earthquake is a theatre company based in Walsall which was set up in 2005 by co-Directors Gareth Nicholls and Philip Holyman. “Audiences are the most important ingredient in all we do. We look for ways to redefine the theatrical experience and to offer each audience member something new, no matter how much or how little theatre they’ve experienced before. We challenge audiences’ preconceptions about theatre, about themselves, about the world around them.”

In 2017, we will begin the development of an ambitious new show which explores the experiences of first- and subsequent-generation immigrants to the Black Country from Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria, particularly focusing on families who have set up takeaway businesses at the heart of their adopted communities.

These real-life stories will form the basis of A Tale of Two Chippies, a modern Western which looks at how people have fared since moving from the far east of Europe to the wild West Midlands. Throughout the spring, we’ll be making contacts and conducting interviews across the region ahead of some special work-in-progress showings over Summer 2017 in some of the chip shops and kebab houses we’re partnering up with. (Wherever you see it, there’ll be a cone of chips for every audience member included with every ticket!)


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