fEast Theatre

fEast Theatre Company was formed by Mandy McKenna and Rob John in October 2010 with a commitment to developing and showcasing new work by professional writers, actors and directors from Norfolk and the Eastern region.

Our first production One Eighty by Rob John directed by Mandy McKenna launched the company with a tour of Norfolk and Suffolk venues in April 2011. The company followed this up in April 2012 with Mandy McKenna's production of Beatrice Armstrong's new play Battery.

fEast Theatre's reputation for compelling new work from the Eastern region was cemented in 2013 and 2014 with the two sell-out tours of The Canada Boys. This was followed in 2015 by Parachute.In April 2016 the company toured Winter ’53 the third pay in Rob John’s Norfolk trilogy.

One Eighty: 2011

Former darts genius Norman ‘Rhino’ Hamilton has fallen from grace. Once ranked 4th in the world and enjoying a life of C-List fame and fortune, Norman sees it all fall through fingers when his best mate, wife and throwing action all desert him on the same night. 'One Eighty' is a sad comedy about love and redemption

Battery: 2012

A new play by emerging young Norfolk writer Beatrice Armstrong directed by Mandy McKenna is a haunting, poetic and blisteringly funny piece about life, death, sibling rivalry and cake. The Johnston sisters, celebrated psychic mediums, are charlatans who fake apparitions and cheat clients but their lives are littered with the 'real ghosts' of their pasts.

The Canada Boys: 2013/2014

Set in Norwich in 1912, Rob John’s play is based on the true story of a group of workers at the world famous Colman’s mustard factory. Concerned by rising unemployment in Norwich, the company offered some of its employees the opportunity of a new life on the other side of the Atlantic.'The Canada Boys’ is the story of Jack and Eddie Craske two brothers who’d never travelled west of Wymondham but whose lives are about to change for ever

Parachute: 2015

Set in wartime Norfolk Parachute explores the relationship between an American airman and the members of a family who farm alongside one of the many US airbases. Brash and charming with a limitless supply of oranges and chewing gum 2nd Lt Jimmy Finch a navigator on a B24 heavy bomber is welcomed into the Cubitt’s home but will his arrival damage the fragile relationships of the family at Box Farm?

Winter '53: 2016

The third play in Rob John’s Norfolk trilogy is 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 explored the complex and turbulent relationships of the Spence family as they struggle to make sense of past events in the face of conflicting memories.