Staff & Board

ROBIN

McLOUGHLIN,

co-director

Robin studied theatre acting at Bretton Hall and went on to specialise in classical acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama where he played Malvolio, Shylock, Iago and the Porter.

After training Robin toured widely with Precarious Physical Theatre in Druthers (Total Theatre Wildcard Award 2007) and The Factory. Other credits include Oliver Cromwell for Bristol Old Vic and The Speakers’ Corner Trust, Blunt in Aphra Behn’s The Rover, Pozzo in Waiting for Godot and Prospero in Anomic Physical Theatre’s Such Stuff as Dreams. With Fine Chisel, he played Richard in Firing Blanks between 2010 and 2014, various characters in Midnight at the Boar’s Head between 2012 and 2014 and Ted in Dumbstruck which won a Fringe First and an MTN award for innovation at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013 and toured the UK and Ireland in 2014.

Robin’s writing credits include The Factory (Precarious), Such Stuff as Dreams (Anomic), Unplugged and Dumbstruck (Fine Chisel) and a recent commission from the Wells Maltings Trust.

Robin has played Dennis in One-Eighty, Charlie in Battery, Jack in The Canada Boys and Malcolm in Winter ‘53  for fEAST Theatre.

DAWN

FINNERTY,

co-director

Dawn graduated from The Arden School of Theatre in 1997 and spent the next 10 years working in theatre and television. In 2006, she spent some time in New York studying the Meisner Technique at the Ward studio, before moving to Norfolk to raise her family. Five years ago, Dawn qualified as a teacher and taught at Paston Sixth Form College alongside assisting and directing for Far East Theatre Company

Assistant director – Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, Director – Whale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Road.  

For fEAST Theatre:  Kathleen in The Canada Boys 2013/14, Margy in Parachute (2015) and Grace in Winter 53 (2016)

Other Theatre credits include:  On the Piste, Hunchback of Notre Dame (Hull Truck); Hold Ya (Red Ladder Theatre Company); Forever (M6 Theatre Company); The Way of the World (Royal Exchange); Too Much Punch for Judy, Legal Weapon (Ape Theatre Company);  Romeo & Juliet,  The Macbeth Files (Manchester Actors); United on a Wednesday Night (Sheffield Crucible).

Film and television credits include: BAFTA winning TV film Britz; The Ghost Squad; The Royal; Children’s Ward and Casualty.

MANDY

McKENNA

co-founder

Mandy trained  at the Central School of Speech and Drama and worked as an actress as Miranda Jaquarello in theatre and TV, (Dublin Stage Company, Stratford East, Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, BBC and Granada TV) as a musician (The Vital Disorders) and puppeteer (Norwich Puppet Theatre). She taught and directed youth theatre at Paston College, Norfolk where she ran the Expressive Arts Department for ten years.  She  toured for over twenty years with Far East Theatre Company to the Edinburgh Festival and around the UK producing original, modern and classic plays for young audiences.

In 2010, she co-founded fEAST Theatre with Rob John. She directed the first two productions ‘One-Eighty’ by Rob John (2011) and  ‘Battery’ by Beatrice  Armstrong (2012)  and more recently Winter ‘53 by Rob John (2016)

Mandy has recently returned to acting radio recording for BBC World Service, playing Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest and Queen Anne of Denmark in Shakespeare Speaks. She has also recently worked as an Assistant to the Producer on ‘The Truth About Anna’ a Goldhawk Production for Radio 4.

ROB

JOHN

co-founder

A former teacher, Rob John is a playwright, scriptwriter and theatre director. His published stage plays include, The SpacemanFor Ever and Ever and Living with Lady Macbeth which has been performed in over thirty countries worldwide. Rob is a co-founder of fEAST Theatre for whom he wrote One-Eighty and Winter ’53. Also for fEAST he wrote and directed touring productions of The Canada Boys and Parachute. Rob has written several plays for BBC Radio 4 and numerous scripts and stories for BBC Schools’ radio and television. His recent work for BBC includes Archie Dobson’s War a children’s radio play about World War One. His A-Z of World War One, a series of monologues for BBC2 TV Learning Zone, won a Royal Television Society Award in 2015. Rob is co-author (with Patrice Baldwin) of Inspiring Writing Through Drama. He lives in Norfolk and plays the banjo in several skiffle and bluegrass bands.

Trustees

Joseph Ballard

Dr. Roger Burford

Kate Cox

Richard Draper MBE

Rob John

Mandy McKenna

Tim Morgan

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