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 will run at Wells Maltings from the 5th to the 28th of December 2019.
Simon Daykin, Director, Wells Maltings,
0787 999 8859, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn Finnerty, Director, fEAST theatre,
07713 153 124, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org