Past Productions

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MERRILY ON HIGH

2020

Funny, thought-provoking and poignant, with a dash of the macabre, these stories will bring some much-needed light and warmth to Christmas 2020.

O Come Let us Adore Him, written and directed by Rob John.

Su is 49. She has always been single but a man in a van is on his way and the mince pies are ready.

Comfort and Joy by Robin McLoughlin, directed by Dawn Finnerty.

Shane is a department-store Santa with a liking for Ruby Port and a few dark secrets under his acrylic beard.

 The Triumph of The Skies written and directed by Rob John

19 year old Ade is getting ready for the biggest night of his year but as the Christmas clock ticks someone is missing.

Cast: Owen Evans, Dawn Finnerty, Sam Thompson

SIGNAL FIRES –
STORIES FROM THE EAST

2020

Signal Fire (n): a fire or light set up in a prominent position as a warning, signal, or celebration.

Stretching from Cornwall to Aberdeen; SIGNAL FIRES will connect audiences and touring theatre companies in a collective national act of story-telling.

As part of this event Norfolk-based fEAST theatre are coming to Wells-next-the-Sea and Great Yarmouth to present: Stories from the East

In this socially distanced, Covid-safe, outdoor show 7 actors from fEAST will perform songs and scenes from several of our best known shows and offer a glimpse of some new yet-to-be-performed work. The performance will take us on a journey through time and place from Yarmouth beach in the early 19thCentury to Cromer and Norwich before the First World War via a 1943 US airbase near Wroxham and a medieval legend from our mist-shrouded saltmarshes.

Cast: Sally Blouet, Owen Evans, Dawn Finnerty, Robin McLoughlin, Sam Thompson, Katie-anna Whiting and Tabitha Woodgett.

Directed by Dawn Finnerty, written by Rob John & Robin McLoughlin

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TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

2019

Emily’s excited! Tomorrow’s Christmas and there’s an i-pad shaped present under the tree with her name on it. If only she could get to sleep…If only anyone could get to sleep…

The problem is, a very wicked man, with a very wicked plan  (with a very silly name) has kidnapped all the Christmas dreams!

Can Emily save the day?

fEAST’s first family show, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ was a co- production with Wells Maltings.

Cast: Amy Lunn, Marcus Churchill

Directed by Dawn Finnerty, written by Nick Lane

INTO THIN AIR

2018

It’s 1982. The Falklands War is on the telly, Dexy’s Midnight Runners haunt the airwaves and fifteen-year-old Norfolk schoolgirl Susan Kemp is going off the rails. And then she vanishes… into thin airThirty five years later her brothers Pete and Melvin are still living in the shadow of Susan’s disappearance. Rob John’s new play is a compelling mystery, a tender family memoir and a sad comedy of ambiguous loss.

Cast: Owen Evans, Dawn Finnerty, Robin McLoughlin & Charlotte Price

Directed by Rob John

SALT

2018

Join Pip Langore as he tries to make sense of his family’s odd and troublesome history.

In Morston, North Norfolk, 1944, his Grandmother ‘Goose’ rescues a German airman buried up to his neck in the marsh. Nine months later the German vanishes in a makeshift boat, leaving Goose with a newborn daughter, Lil. Taught to read the clouds by her mother, Lil is a strange child. When she becomes the object of two brothers’ desire, her life takes a tragic turn.

As he comes of age between the land and the sea, can Pip avoid the family’s marsh-fever and find happiness or will he, too, lose himself in Norfolk’s wetlands?

Set across four decades of blood, smoke, mud, tears and fish, Salt is a funny and tragic play about the relationship between people and the landscape they live in, with live music and a strong regional flavour.

Cast: Sally Blouet, Owen Evans, Tom Girvin, Robin McLoughlin, Katie-Anna Whiting, Sam Thompson

Directed by Dawn Finnerty, from the novel by Jeremy Page, adapted by Robin McLoughlin

WINTER ’53

2016

The third play in Rob John’s Norfolk trilogy is set in the fictional Norfolk coastal village of Boxham in the months leading up to the catastrophic floods of January 1953 this sad but funny play explored the complex and turbulent relationships of the Spence family as they struggle to make sense of past events in the face of conflicting memories.

Cast: Dawn Finnerty, Robin McLoughlin & Tabitha Woodgett

Chorus : Les Ash, Jude Booker, Josh Duckmanton,
Graham Hampton, Lyn Irons, Mark Irons,
Angie Maddigan, Lydia Smart & Joan Spall

Directed by Mandy McKenna

PARACHUTE

2015

Set in wartime Norfolk Parachute explores the relationship between an American airman and the members of a family who farm alongside one of the many US airbases. Brash and charming with a limitless supply of oranges and chewing gum 2nd Lt Jimmy Finch a navigator on a B24 heavy bomber is welcomed into the Cubitt’s home but will his arrival damage the fragile relationships of the family at Box Farm?

Cast: Owen Evans, Dawn Finnerty, Robin McLoughlin & Tabitha Woodgett

Directed by Rob John

THE CANADA BOYS

2013/14

Set in Norwich in 1912, Rob John’s play is based on the true story of a group of workers at the world famous Colman’s mustard factory. Concerned by rising unemployment in Norwich, the company offered some of its employees the opportunity of a new life on the other side of the Atlantic. ‘The Canada Boys’ is the story of Jack and Eddie Craske two brothers who’d never travelled west of Wymondham but whose lives are about to change forever.

Cast: Owen Evans, Dawn Finnerty, Robin McLoughlin & Tabitha Woodgett

Directed by Rob John

BATTERY

2012

A new play by emerging young Norfolk writer Beatrice Armstrong directed by Mandy McKenna is a haunting, poetic and blisteringly funny piece about life, death, sibling rivalry and cake. The Johnston sisters, celebrated psychic mediums, are charlatans who fake apparitions and cheat clients but their lives are littered with the ‘real ghosts’ of their pasts.

Cast: Alice Brown, Robin McLoughlin & Tabitha Woodgett

Directed by Mandy McKenna

ONE-EIGHTY

2011

Former darts genius Norman ‘Rhino’ Hamilton has fallen from grace. Once ranked 4th in the world and enjoying a life of C-List fame and fortune, Norman sees it all fall through fingers when his best mate, wife and throwing action all desert him on the same night. ‘One Eighty’ is a sad comedy about love and redemption

Cast: Owen Evans, Robin McLoughlin, Sarah Langrish-Smith & Hayley Thompson

Directed by Mandy McKenna