Canada Boys

Ten years of fEAST Theatre 

fEAST Theatre is celebrating 10 years of presenting new plays performed by professional actors, telling stories from and about Norfolk, with the return of the much loved play The Canada Boys.

With its original cast – including Nimmo Twins star Owen Evans – this “sad comedy”, written by established Norfolk writer Rob John, is set in Norwich in 1912, and begins a 16-show tour of the region in March.

The anniversary season continues in the summer with a tour featuring a double bill of two shorter plays commissioned by the company.

Dulcie and Walter, a poignant but hilarious study of an ageing couple in rural Norfolk in the 1970s, is by London-based actor and writer Catherine Herman, who born in Norfolk and grew up on a farm near Great Yarmouth.  

On the same bill will be Henhouse by Holt writer James McDermott. James is a rapidly emerging young talent whose work has already been nominated for several major awards. Henhouse is a comedy set at the time of mad cow disease, the Spice Girls, and New Labour.

The 2020 season finishes with Rob John’s new play Rosa Mendoza. Set in a Cromer guest house this story of an explosive triangular relationship  begins in spring 2016 and will carry the action forward right up to the moment the show opens at Wells Maltings on 16 October. 

Artistic Director Dawn Finnerty says: “This is a brilliantly dark comedy for our times and like the fast-moving events of the past three years we have no idea how things will turn out.” 

Photos by David Greeves

fEAST Theatre began life as an idea dreamed up by Mandy McKenna and Rob John, two former Paston College drama tutors.

In the past decade the company has staged seven new plays and undertaken eight regional tours. It has travelled thousands of miles and performed in theatres, schools, dozens of village halls and once in a world famous mustard factory. 

The company recently completed its first residency, a Christmas show which ran for 18 performances at the newly refurbished Maltings theatre at Wells. In 2019 the company were nominated for the Norfolk Arts Award for theatre.

“It’s an exciting time for fEAST Theatre,” says Dawn. “Rehearsals are already under way and if you live in Norfolk or Suffolk we’ll be performing at some point at a venue near you. Please come and see us.”

The Canada Boys opens on 19 March at The Garage, Norwich and tours until 18 April.

The double bill Dulcie and Walter and Henhouse opens on 18 June at Wells Maltings and tours until 11 July.

Rosa Mendoza opens on 16 October and tours until 7 November.

See for further information about the company and full details of all three tours.

fEast  tour list 2020

Thursday 19 March – Garage Theatre

Friday 20 March – Garage Theatre

Saturday 21 March – The Cut, Halesworth

Thursday 26 March – Beccles Public Hall 

Friday 27 March – Sheringham Little Theatre

Saturday 28 March – Sheringham Little Theatre

Sunday 29 March – St Georges, Great Yarmouth (Matinee)

Thursday 2 April – Sedgeford village Hall

Friday 3 April – Wells Maltings

Saturday 4 April – Wells Maltings + Matinee

Wednesday 8 April – Old Buckingham Village Hall

Thursday 9 April – Corn Hall Diss

Friday 10 April – Aylsham Town Hall

Saturday 11 April – Aylsham Town Hall

Friday 17 April – Westacre Theatre

Saturday 18 April – Southwold Arts Centre


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