History of fEAST Theatre

fEAST Theatre founded by Rob John & Mandy McKenna with the aim of showcasing new work by theatre-makers from the East of England

fEAST stage their first producton One-Eighty, written by Rob John for his former student Owen Evans of the Nimmo Twins

fEAST commissioned an original work by up & coming playwright Beatrice Armstrong & staged the resulting production Battery

Rob John began his Norfolk Trilogy with The Canada Boys, bringing to life a little-known piece of local history

fEAST were awarded an Arts Council England grant to revive the production The Canada Boys and take it on tour, including dates in London

The second of the Norfolk Trilogy, Parachute,  was set in the ‘friendly invasion’ of US Airmen in Norfolk during World War II and toured in the spring of 2014

The Norfolk Trilogy concluded with Winter ’53, the first fEAST show to feature a community chorus. This was, again, funded by the Arts Council England


Rob John & Mandy McKenna decided to pass the day-to-day running of fEAST to regular performers Dawn Finnerty & Robin McLoughlin.Their first show together will be Salt.

fEAST theatre toured Arts Council England funded productions of SALT, adapted from Jeremy Page’s novel by Robin McLoughlin directed by Dawn Finnerty and INTO THIN AIR, written and directed by Rob John.

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Nominated for The Theatre Award 2019 by Norfolk Arts

Our first family-orientated show and our first co-production with a theatre, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ ran at Wells Maltings for the festive period and was supported by Arts Council England.

fEAST were successful in gaining Arts Council funding for our most ambitious year yet, a season of work celebrating 10 years of showcasing work by theatre-makers from the East. The season will start with a revival of The Canada Boys in the Spring, continue with a double-bill of Henhouse and Dulcie & Walter in the Summer and culminate with the premiere tour of Rob John’s new play Rosa Mendoza in the Autumn.