Press & Audience
‘The author’s well-crafted script, rippling with sharp dialogue and strong characterisation, blends humour with a soul-baring delve into frailties lurking under the Rhino’s skin, which occasionally see the meek man erupt as his suppressed emotions boil over.
‘Evans…peels back his seemingly simple character’s complex layers with a powerful and poignant performance…
‘The other cast members of the new fEAST theatre company… also shine when they step up to the oche: Hayley Thompson as the long-suffering doting fan who takes Norman in during his troubled times, Robin McLoughlin as the flashy agent trying to resurrect the star’s career and image, and Sarah Langrish-Smith as his flirty partner whose signals confuse and derail Norman’s recovering self-confidence.’
Richard Batson, EDP
The Canada Boys
‘First of all, for those who wince and moan about that horrid ‘mummerset’ accent which ‘furrin’ actors assume will do, when asked to speak like us, local ears are in for a treat. Rob John’s ‘The Canada Boys’, from fEAST theatre features actors who talk ‘proper Norfolk.- They du!’
Delicately, yet amusingly, the play explores the fluidity of these relationships and ambitions. Acted beautifully by Owen Evans, Robin McLoughlin, Tabitha Woodgett and Dawn Finnerty, the play was written and directed by Rob John. It was warmly appreciated by a full house…it’s not to be missed.’
Carla Phillips EDP
‘The production has been resonating with me all day. Very powerful and the ending was a beautiful moment.’
‘We watched Canada Boys…last night and must say how impressed we were. It was superbly written and extremely well acted. It is very unusual to find actors with such convincing Norfolk accents. We thoroughly enjoyed the performance.’
‘… I thought it was the best show I have ever seen; tops any I have seen at the West End. The acting was so good I laughed and cried and came away thinking how these are the plays that should be part of the schools curriculum. I would urge anyone to go to see this as it really moved me. Thanks for such a brilliant show. I would go again and again.’
‘…the phrasing is neatly wrought – Armstrong has a particular talent for the visceral and violent‘
‘Brown and Woodgett are engaging and enthralling throughout.. physically and emotionally consumed through the 90 minute straight show
‘McLoughlin is handed a less kaleidoscopic character but is all the better for it, turning in a sharp and focused performance.
‘Su Dean’s lighting design complements Mandy McKenna’s direction on a minimally dressed stage, with props flexibly used to deepen the storytelling.’
‘Parachute, a wonderful play by Rob John, tells of the impact of Yank Navigator Jimmy Finch, handsome, confident, brash, upon one Norfolk farmer and his family. From chewing gum and doughnuts to Swing Band music, from constant aircraft noise to romance, effects are profound.
…The audience was enthralled by the fine production, ably directed by its author. The cast (from last year’s strong ‘Canada Boys’) were outstanding, Norfolk accents good. Owen Evans (one of the ‘Nimmo Twins’} sensitively conveyed a familiar mixture of taciturn awkwardness and friendly trust as the father. Dawn Finnerty, playing his wife and Tabitha Woodgett, his slightly slow, dreamy daughter were also terrific, as was Robin McLoughlin…Don’t miss it!’
Carla Phillips EDP
‘Parachute is excellent. Loved it from start to finish. I was on the edge of my seat throughout. So moving, multi-layered and clever. I even had tears in my eyes at the end!’
‘Excellent, brilliantly written, directed and performed production of a brand new play by Rob John from the fEAST theatre company. I highly recommend people get out and see one of the remaining shows… Local history, touching and funny.’
‘fEAST Theatre is a local gem which tells the stories of old Norfolk and its characters and in its latest production, the professional actors were joined by a chorus of nine local people…
A superbly crafted tragi-comedy typically infused with John’s affection for his subject, Winter ’53 is a dark tale about how we construct our history and conveys a sense of place long since washed away by the raging torrent of time.
Directed by Mandy McKenna, it is demanding, both for the audience and the players, and relies heavily on dramatic dialogue. The principal actors had a lot to do to keep us engaged, but they managed it with masterly confidence.’
Patrick Prekopp, Just Regional
‘A great production of a well crafted play.’
‘A great success. The play was wonderful. Lovely to share a nugget of Norfolk history.’