Winter '53. April 2016

Following the success of The Canada Boys (2013/14) and Parachute (2015), fEast Theatre once again took to the road in April 2016 with Winter ’53, the third play in Rob John’s Norfolk trilogy.

Set in the fictional Norfolk coastal village of Boxham in the months leading up to the catastrophic floods of January 1953 this sad but funny play explores the complex and turbulent relationships of the Spence family as they struggle to make sense of past events in the face of conflicting memories.

The show played to sell out houses in a range of Norfolk venues. (see opposite). We are delighted that fEast continues to cement its reputation for ‘original and vibrant theatre’ in our region and we are grateful for the continuing support of our audiences.

Winter '53. The Community Chorus

In Winter 53 three professional actors were joined by a chorus recruited from the community. The company ran a series of voice workshops to find and then train the community chorus team.

The play’s director Mandy McKenna said ‘The choral sections in the play which included the verbatim memories of 1953 flood survivors were really important to the success of this production fEast Theatre has always been committed to developing new work which resonates for the people of our region. Our wonderful chorus which had actors aged from 13 to 80 took this community mission a step further'.

Theatre From the East

Winter ’53 was fEast Theatre’s third production to be set in Norfolk featuring Norfolk voices and locations and telling stories from the region’s history.

We are committed to creating new work which examines themes, characters and narratives which resonate for the people of the East and to touring to the widest possible range of venues in our region.

Winter '53. What Our Audience Said

'We thought the play was superb. We found it engaged us on so many levels. The actors did a splendid job!’
Sally Ramsay

'The chorus were wonderful. They really made the story breathe. Such archetypal; faces- they looked like a real black and white living postcard. Gave the play such poignancy.’
Emily Outred

‘I am going again. Loved it. Fascinating play. It is so multi-layered and well-crafted weaving past, present future, fact, memory and fantasy in such a compelling way. I was spellbound throughout.'
Patrice Baldwin.

'Brilliant production. Just wanted to say how wonderful we all thought it was. Everyone was talking about it the next day. Others were upset that they couldn’t get tickets because it was fully booked.’
Gwynne Lyons

'Winter '53 is a rip roaring success. Excellent piece, superbly acted and directed. I heard nothing but positive comments from fellow audience members.'
David Starling