Mr Crispy

Mr Crispy

Mr Crispy

 If you liked Clocking Off, Dirty Dusting and Made in Dagenham, you’ll love Miss Crispy 1988.

Set in the north east at the end of 1987 and start of 1988, the less is MORE production tells the story of a beauty pageant with a difference, following five very unique women with even more unique situations.

Miss Crispy 1988 was the first play created by north east playwright David Tuffnell way back in 2011. It premiered in Middlesbrough in 2012 and toured the following year.

It has been brought back to celebrate 10 years of less is MORE, which David co-founded with director Laura Lonsdale.

David said: “Miss Crispy 1988 showcases everything the company is passionate about – stories that are intrinsically woven into our region, working class, intergenerational female friendships and the social history that created the space we inhabit now.” 

Miss Crispy 1988 is based on a series of interviews with women who worked in the KP Foods Factory in Billingham, although the characters and storyline is fictional. There was, however, a Miss KP Foods in 1988, whose picture inspired the play.

Despite the glamour of working on line two at the crisp factory, the women dream of doing something more exciting with their lives. With the announcement of a beauty pageant, they’re ready and raring to go!

Miss Crispy 1988 comes to The Customs House on Friday, February 7, at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced from £12, are available from the box office on (0191) 454 1234 or online at

The cast includes Melanie Dagg, Natasha Haws, Olivia Walker, Rachel Teate, Lucie Walker and Elijah Young. Natasha is well known to audiences at The Customs House, having previously appeared in The Dolly Mixtures and in panto.

Elijah was appointed Young Writer in Residence at The Customs House last year and his play, Isolation, was produced as part of the Takeover Festival.

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