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PRODUCTIONS


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PRODUCTIONS


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WINTER '53


WINTER '53


Following the success of The Canada Boys (2013/14) and  Parachute (2015), fEast Theatre presents Winter ’53, the third play in Rob John’s Norfolk trilogy.

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.

 

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DUMBSTRUCK


DUMBSTRUCK


Somewhere in the North Pacific, a lonely scientist hears a whale song like no other...

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.

DEVISED AND PERFORMED BY: ROBIN MCLOUGHLIN, TOM SPENCER, HOLLY BEASLEY-GARRIGAN, GEORGE WILLIAMS AND CAROLYN GOODWIN
DESIGNED BY: REBECCA WOOD
LIGHTING DESIGN BY: ADAM BOTTOMLEY
DRAMATURGY BY: DAVID LANE

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PRAISE & AWARDS FOR DUMBSTRUCK


PRAISE & AWARDS FOR DUMBSTRUCK


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
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PARACHUTE


PARACHUTE


Parachute is a funny, thought-provoking and moving play set at a time when the fields of Norfolk became the front line in a global conflict.

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.

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MIDNIGHT AT THE BOARS HEAD


MIDNIGHT AT THE BOARS HEAD


Foot-stomping live music, party-popper warfare and folk-fuelled storytelling.

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…

DEVISED AND PERFORMED BY: Tom Spencer, George Williams, Holly Beasley-Garrigan and Robin McLoughlin.
COMPOSED BY: George Williams.
GUEST PERFORMERS: Justin Wilman, Carolyn Goodwin, James Hill and Greg Hall

Midnight at the Boar’s Head was originally commissioned and produced by Theatre Royal Bath, Shakespeare Unplugged.

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PRAISE FOR BOARS HEAD


PRAISE FOR BOARS HEAD


***** ’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.
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THE CANADA BOYS


THE CANADA BOYS


Set in Norwich in 1912, The Canada Boys by Rob John is based on the true story of a group of workers at the world famous Colman’s mustard factory.

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

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PRAISE FOR THE CANADA BOYS


PRAISE FOR THE CANADA BOYS


‘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
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FIRING BLANKS


FIRING BLANKS


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.

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PRAISE & AWARDS FOR FIRING BLANKS


PRAISE & AWARDS FOR FIRING BLANKS


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
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OTHER WORK & PRODUCTIONS


OTHER WORK & PRODUCTIONS


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ROBIN MCLOUGHLIN


ACTOR & WRITER

ABOUT ME

ROBIN MCLOUGHLIN


ACTOR & WRITER

ABOUT ME