Theatre Award nomination for fEAST
And That’s a Wrap …..
On the 5th March the curtain closed on our 10th anniversary season with The Canada Boys at Sheringham Little Theatre. The past two years have dealt us all an extraordinary rollercoaster of highs and lows and this tour was definitely a high, the Canada Boys has always been a hit for fEAST and this time round was no different. We had unanimous praise and positive feedback from new and old fEAST fans. We really do appreciate your support and feedback – it has indeed been a challenging time for theatre makers, producers and venues.
A huge thanks to all who have supported fEAST throughout our 10th anniversary season – we can’t wait to get back on the road. If you’d like to support the company you can download an audio version of The Canada Boys for the price of a modest theatre ticket.
To access The Canada Boys audio production please click here:
Theatre Award nomination for fEAST
Research and development
After an incredible jam- packed 10 months on the touring circuit, fEAST have switched to concentrate on research and development for two exciting new plays. Both have been commissioned for production in our next season; ‘Elephant’ by Jeremy Page and ‘The Peggottys by Robin McLoughlin. The company is also currently holding talks to develop exciting partnerships with other arts organisations.
Watch this space!
Elephant – Jeremy Page
In a house balanced on an eroding cliff in North Norfolk, local recluse Manny gets a surprise visit from his estranged sister, Jessie, whom he’s not seen for a year. She’s wildly unpredictable, searching for a long lost family secret, and has inexplicably brought along with her a petty criminal, Lee Farrier, trussed up in a sack. Jessie describes an unlucky series of events that have conspired to her making such a poor and rash decision, but Manny’s believing none of it. She’s done this kind of thing before.
As a rising tide eats away at the foundations, it’s the sudden appearance of a local girl, Cally, arriving with a damaged reputation and an uncanny ability to read minds, that forces all four of them to try and salvage something from the day before it’s too late.
But as time runs out, and the uneasy truce turns towards possible violence, a hastily reckless plan begins to fall apart, exposing the bitter truths that have brought them together, the lies they’ve told each other, and against all expectation, the discovery of a strangely redemptive power that might just be buried beneath their feet.
REVIEW OF THE CANADA BOYS
by Chris Sadler
East Anglia’s premier touring theatre company, fEAST, kicked off their latest regional tour tonight with a welcome reprise of their classic play Canada Boys at Wells Maltings.
Crisply directed by Rob John, the play follows two brothers offered the chance to emigrate to Canada to start a new life in 1912; an opportunity provided by their employer, the legendary Colmans of Norwich. The conflict of known against unknown, the turmoil of choosing security over adventure, is explored thoroughly as each man’s life events influence his decision.
The audience is given time to connect with the characters and the play benefits hugely from this as seeds of empathy are sown, then bloom.
Canada Boys is engaging, funny, and moving.
The dialogue benefits from John’s characteristic comfort with the rhythm of language. And he’s not afraid to sugar the dish with odd moments of hilarity to sweeten and complement the meal.
All four cast members are uniformly excellent throughout. Robin McLoughlin delivers superbly as sympathetic firebrand Jack Craske.
Owen Evans shows his class, mixing strength with heart, as Jack’s uncomplicated but vulnerable brother, Eddie. Tabitha Woodgett excels with sophisticated simplicity as Ethel Hargrave, and Dawn Finnerty expertly salves her wounds to nurture with kindness as Kathleen Thirtle. The cast remain on stage even when not involved; like a genuine community they are present even in their absence. A triumph of concentration and dedication.The play isn’t overburdened with incidental music which helps focus the reality of the performance (sound design by Mark Fawcett). Set design and build and props are economical and effective (Tabitha Woodgett, Stewart Woodgett, and Fern Blevins). Period costume is convincingly apt and practical (Libby Henshaw).
This is one of the few genuinely great Norfolk plays and I thoroughly recommend you take advantage of the opportunity to make hay while the January sun shines by purchasing tickets for one of the upcoming performances across the region.
Canada Boys will tour various venues across Norfolk and Suffolk throughout February until early March 2022. Check feasttheatre.com for details.
Cast Announced For Twas The Night Before Christmas
Twas the Night Before Christmas has now been cast and we’re delighted in introduce two newcomers to fEAST:
Marcus Churchill who will be playing the villain of the piece – Elderberry Yacht.
Amy Lunn who will be playing our heroine Emily.
Marcus trained at The School of The Arts, University of Northampton. Theatre credits include The Monkeys Paw (Bread & Roses Theatre), Area Belle (Bacchae Theatre Company), Peter Pan (Camberley Theatre, Bouncers (BlackBox Theatre Company), There Be Migrants Here (Minty Fresh Productions), TRIBE (London Theatre Workshop), Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles & The Railway Children UK & China Tour (Chapterhouse Theatre Company), D!CK the Adult Panto (Guildford Fringe Theatre Company), Sell-By-Date (Marbleglass Theatre Company), The Crucible (Looking Glass Theatre), The Bacchae (Royal & Derngate), The Fall of the House of Usher (Alias Theatre).
Film and Radio credits include Mordecai’s Girl (Jace Pictures), Wuthering Heights (Three Pigs Films), Nature’s Way (John Pictures), Wasteland (Crow for the Masses), Madame X (Okai Collier Company), Pathfinder Legends (Big Finish), Endurance (Word of Mouth Productions).
Amy grew up in West Norfolk, before training at Drama Studio, London. Since graduating in 2018, Amy’s theatre credits include: Nellie in The Lurking Fearat The Olde Red Lion Theatre (London); Ka in Strange Fascination’s summer tour of The Jungle Book (UK Tour); and the verbatim piece, Street Life (Norwich Theatre Royal, as part of their Creative Matters season). She has also become a series regular on the radio series Devine Comedy, directed by Jo Malone and Paul Schlesinger.
Marcus is also passionate about working with children and has been involved in several Youth Theatre groups in the East and South of England, promoting and encouraging life skills, self-confidence and teamwork with young people.
Wells Maltings Serves Up a
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.
Tickets via the Wells Maltings box office
or online www.wellsmaltings.org.uk.
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.
‘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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CAST ANNOUNCED FOR SALT
fEAST Theatre is pleased to introduce some new faces and welcome back company regulars in the upcoming production of Salt.
Tom Girvin will play George ‘Shrimp’ Langore
Sally Blouet will play Goose
Owen Evans will play Bryn Pugh
Robin McLoughlin will play Kipper Langore
Katie-Anna Whiting will play Lil Mardler
Sam Thompson will play Pip Langore
Salt will be directed by Dawn Finnerty and has been adapted from Jeremy Page’s novel for fEAST by Robin McLoughlin.
2018 Tour dates for Salt announced
- Friday 20 April – Garage Theatre Norwich
- Saturday 21 April – Garage Theatre Norwich
- Wednesday 25 April- Griffon Theatre, Paston Sixth Form College
- Thursday 26 April – Hoveton Village Hall
- Friday 27 April – Westacre Theatre
- Saturday 28 April – Sheringham Little Theatre
- Monday 30 April – St George’s Theatre Yarmouth
- Tuesday 1 May – Aylsham Town Hall
- Wednesday 2 May – Aylsham Town Hall
- Thursday 3 May – A Wells Maltings event at Alderman Peel High School, Wells-Next-The-Sea
- Friday 4 May – Cley Village Hall
- Saturday 5 May – Sedgeford Village Hall