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 explores the complex and turbulent relationships of the Spence family as they struggle to make sense of past events in the face of conflicting memories. The family history is obscured by lies, fantasies and the testimony of unreliable ghosts as voices from both past and the future start to echo through the house by the sea.
In Winter '53 a cast of professional actors was joined by a chorus recruited from the communities where the play was performed. The company ran a series of voice workshops to find and then train the community chorus team. The play’s choral sections which included voices and verbatim memories of ‘53 survivors, forming a central narrative role in the production.
With a stage full of instruments and a box of chalk, FINE CHISEL's multi award-winning actor-musicians transport you back through one man's past, from the rush of arctic waves to rock n' roll 1960s rebellion. The more we learn about his life, the more we understand his isolation and his need to reach out to this extraordinary whale.
Playful, poignant and packed with foot-stomping live music, DUMBSTRUCK is a story about faith, communication and what it means to make ourselves heard.
After premiering at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013, DUMBSTRUCK toured the UK and Ireland through 2014 to venues including Battersea Arts Centre, Tobacco Factory Theatres and Cork Opera House.
WINNER – FRINGE FIRST AWARD 2013
WINNER – MTN AWARD FOR INNOVATION 2013
‘Fine Chisel’s Dumbstruck at Zoo Venues is terrific, layered work from young company who deserve a big audience.’ – Lyn Gardner
'...ably and delicately captured by an extremely impressive Robin McLoughlin.' - Fringe Guru
**** ’Fine Chisel’s fourth Edinburgh outing sees them find their voice with Dumbstruck, a layered consideration of long-range communication that is delivered with a delicate, diligent panache.’ - Matt Trueman, Scotsman
***** ‘A superbly told, incredibly poignant story’ - Three Weeks
***** ‘Let Fine Chisel plunge you underwater’ - Broadway Baby
Brash, garrulous, 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 Cubitts’ home but are his intentions honourable and will his arrival damage the fragile relationships of the family at Box Farm?
Set in war-time Norfolk, Parachute, a new play by Rob John, explores the relationship between an American airman and the members of a farming family who welcome him into their home.
Part of Fine Chisel’s Three Weeks Editors’ Award-winning Edinburgh Season 2012.
Outside, the land is burning. But in the bar, music is playing, drink is flowing and there are stories to be told.
The Boar’s Head in London’s Cheapside was Shakespeare’s favourite pub. Fine Chisel bring it to life and fill it with an array of colourful characters. Some of them you’d expect to find there, propping up the bar. Others we’ve relocated from across the Complete Works. Grab yourself a glass and come join them…
Midnight at the Boar’s Head was originally commissioned and produced by Theatre Royal Bath, Shakespeare Unplugged.
***** ’Fine Chisel… have sieved through the entire works of Shakespeare, done a bit of jiggery-pokery… and come out with a masterpiece’ - Fringe Guru.
***** ‘Shakespearean cabaret… Bawdy, raucous, immersive and at times interactive, it’s the fun of Shakespeare as it should be’- Three Weeks.
Brothers Eddie and Jack Craske have never travelled west of Wymondham but their world is suddenly thrown into disarray by the offer of a new life on the other side of the Atlantic.
This funny, sad and thought-provoking play which resonates with Norfolk voices and Norwich locations asks searching questions about love, labour, duty and family
‘This amusing scene, expertly played by Woodgett and McLoughlin had the audience in stitches.’ - North Norfolk News
‘The Canada Boys’ is a Norfolk story full of comic and moving moments brought to life by skilful professional performances of fEast regulars Owen Evans of The Nimmo Twins, Robin McLoughlin and Tabitha Woodgett together with newcomer Dawn Finnerty.’ - North Norfolk News
Richard is infertile. Kate, a fierce-witted teenager he meets on a park bench, is an unlikely therapist. The gentle strumming of a busker underscores two people’s intimate, important stories.
Written and directed by Tom Spencer, Firing Blanks is a fresh, funny and moving play about donor conception (and ducks) with an original live score.
Firing Blanks began its life at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 before touring the UK. Its final performance was in May 2014.
WINNER – THREE WEEKS EDITORS’ AWARD, EDINBURGH 2012
‘Robin McLoughlin gives a heartbreaking performance’ - Three Weeks
‘The two actors have a preternatural chemistry’ - Venue Magazine
‘Acted with great sincerity and belief by Holly Beasley-Garrigan and Robin McLoughlin’ - Bristol Post
‘The performances from both leads are close to pitch-perfect and the dialogue between them is witty but natural.’ - Evening Standard
‘Robin McLoughlin and Holly Beasley-Garrigan are superb’- Broadway Baby