fEAST Theatre

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Formed in 2010, fEAST theatre continues to develop and showcase new work by professional theatre-makers from the East of England and beyond.

“bringing original and vibrant theatre to our region”

The Eastern Daily Press

In this period of unprecedented uncertainty for our industry we at fEAST have not been letting the grass grow beneath our feet. Our AD, Dawn Finnerty, has been hard at work rescheduling our planned 10th anniversary season of The Canada Boys, Dulcie & Walter/Henhouse and Rosa Mendoza. We hope and intend to get the first of these out on the road in  Autumn 2020 with the others following in 2021. We have been working with our partner venues to find ways to get back to our audience as soon as it is safe to do so. We also have writers working on new commissions for 2022 and beyond. We’d like to thank The Garage, Norwich, Wells Maltings and Arts Council England for their support at this time.

It is impossible to predict the full impact of the Covid crisis on the theatres and theatre-makers of our region but we at fEAST are committed to get back to doing what we do best: telling stories of, and for, the East of England.

 

The Canada Boys 2020 10th anniversary tour.

For the future 10th anniversary summer and autumn tour details please go to the news page. 

Canada Boys 2020

Friday 16th October – Wells Maltings
Box office 01328 839000

Saturday 17th October – Wells Maltings
Box office 01328 839000

Wednesday 21st October – Beccles Public Hall
Box Office 01502 770060

Thursday 22nd October – Westacre Theatre
Box office 01760 755 800

Friday 23rd October – The Cut, Halesworth
Box Office 0300 303 3211

Saturday 24th October Aylsham Town Hall
Tickets at Postle’s Aylsham

Sunday 25th October Aylsham Town Hall
Tickets at Postle’s Aylsham

Tuesday 27th October – Southwold Arts centre
Box office 01502 722752

In 2012 and again in 2014 award-nominated fEAST Theatre scored a major hit with their show The Canada Boys. Sell out performances across the region and in London helped to put this new company on the map and fEAST was praised for ‘bringing original and vibrant theatre to our region’ EDP.  Now by popular demand and with its original cast, Rob John’s much-loved play sets off on its third regional tour.

The Canada Boys is based on the true story of a group of workers at J & J Colman. In 1912 the famous mustard company, concerned by rising unemployment in Norwich, 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 two brothers who’d never ventured further west than Wymonham but who dared to imagine a new life for themselves in ‘The British Dominion of Canada.

Set in the shadow of The First World War this funny, sad and thought-provoking play resonates with Norfolk voices and locations and examines life in a world where ‘things int fixed solid no more’ and where change is coming…even to Norfolk. This funny, sad and thought-provoking play which resonates with Norfolk voices and Norwich locations examines the relationship between a progressive company and its workers before the First World War. The Canada Boys is a play about ambition, love, duty, family and mustard.

‘Rob John’s play has taken a little known piece of local history and universalised it with humour and poignancy in a fine piece of writing which not only speaks to Norfolk but has something to say to us all’
Jayne Morgan North Norfolk News

Wednesday 28th October – Sedgeford Village Hall
Box office 01485 570097 / 07968 596949

Thursday 29th October – Garage Theatre
Box Office 01603 283382

Friday 30th October – Garage Theatre
Box Office 01603 283382

Saturday 31st October – Old Buckenham Village Hall
Box office 07880 660 444 / bookings.obvh@gmail.com

Wednesday 4th November – Aylsham High school

Thursday 5th November Seagull Theatre
Box Office 01502 589726

Friday 6th November – St Georges Yarmouth
Box Office 01493 331484

Saturday 7th November – Sheringham Little Theatre
Box Office 01263 822347

Thursday 12th November – Corn Hall Diss
Box office 01379 652241

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ review: a warm, lovely production

‘Twas The Night Before Chirstmas is a live professional show currently playing at Wells Maltings Theatre.

It will charm all children as well as any sceptical adult dragged along, under pressure, for a family treat.

The plot is a rich plum pudding of fairy tale, broad humorous, song and dance, telling of wicked Elderberry Yacht and his plot to steal Christmas. He is ably opposed by redoubtable eight year old Emily (with a nice Norfolk accent), trying to thwart his evil machinations. It involves moths scattering dream dust, Alan the Red-nosed Reindeer (brother of Rudolph), a sympathetic garden gnome, and Father Time. High jinks indeed!

It was written ten years ago for Hull Truck company and taken on, this year, by fEAST Theatre Company. This warm, lovely production is worth catching. After all, we are told that all Santas gather on Christmas eve at Kings Lynn Bus Depot; could there be another more apt local venue?

Marcus Churchill playing villainous Elderberry is aptly foiled by Amy Lunn playing Emily. It was directed by Dawn Finnerty, with catchy music by Tristan Parkes, enhanced by good lighting and colourful costumes.

Many of the best local productions and original plays originate with fEAST Theatre. It’s pleasing to learn that there will be more here in Wells from them, during the new year.

– ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas runs at Wells Maltings Theatre until December 28th 2019.

– Tickets are available for £6.50 – £12 from the theatre’s website

Theatre Award nomination for fEAST

fEAST are thrilled to have been nominated for The Theatre Award 2019 by Norfolk Arts – an annual awards event that celebrates creative talent in Norfolk. The awards ceremony takes place at St Georges Theatre in Great Yarmouth where the winners will be announced.

Follow this link to the EDP page that details the nominees for the Norfolk Arts Awards: Norfolk Arts Awards Nominees.

Wells Maltings Serves Up a
Christmas fEAST

This festive period Wells Maltings is teaming up with much loved local theatre company fEAST to produce a family show, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ by Nick Lane, to be staged at the recently transformed North Norfolk venue throughout December.

The story of plucky young Emily and a Christmas showdown with her nemesis, the villainous Elderberry Yacht, was previously staged at Hull Truck in 2004 and is being reworked by the writer and fEAST to reflect a new setting in Norfolk.

Since its creation in 2010 fEAST theatre has brought to life an array of locally-set stories and has gained a loyal following with a deft mix of humour, pathos and genuine Norfolk voices.

Their most recent tour was ‘Into Thin Air’, the heartbreaking story of the decades-long impact of the disappearance of a Norfolk schoolgirl which performed at Wells Maltings in 2018 to a sell-our audience.

This new collaboration between fEAST and Wells Maltings brings the very best of each of them together, to delight family audiences and school parties at Christmas.

fEAST director Dawn Finnerty says ‘Our previous shows have dealt mainly with adult themes so we’re incredibly keen to extend our reach by presenting a theatrical experience that will be hugely entertaining and fun for the whole family. We are working with Nick Lane to tweak the original script to put fEAST’s Norfolk spin on what is already an original and inventive piece. The story is universal, but it’s important for it to resonate with our local audience who are at the very heart of what we do. We promise it will be a Christmas show with a difference – short, punchy and peppered with humour for all ages. We very much hope that regulars and newcomers to fEAST shows will come along and bring their children or grandchildren with them! The Maltings is a unique and vibrant cultural Landmark in North Norfolk and we have a shared commitment to deliver high quality, accessible theatre. We are very proud to be working together to produce theatre for locals and visitors alike in their newly restored, dynamic and intimate venue.’

Director of Wells Maltings Simon Daykin is also enthusiastic about the collaboration: ‘We are really excited to be working with fEAST theatre in bringing some festive family fun to Wells this Christmas, and reaching out to everyone across the county and beyond to be part of something really special. It’s a real first for us both- and who can resist the chance to save Christmas in the company of some fabulous characters?’

Twas the Night Before Christmas poster

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ will run at Wells Maltings from the 5th to the 28th of December 2019.

Tickets via the Wells Maltings box office 01328 710885,
or online www.wellsmaltings.org.uk.

Workshop picture with Dawn

Calling all Playwrights!

Calling all Playwrights! We are looking for an unperformed small cast play to be a part of our tenth anniversary season next year. Some link to Norfolk or the East of England (you or the play) preferred. If successful this will be a paid gig. If you have submitted before we may have missed it so please send again. Submissions to info@feasttheatre.com