New drama explores Second World War American airman’s impact on host Norfolk family

New drama Parachute is being staged by the fEast Theatre at a series of Norfolk venues

New drama Parachute is being staged by the fEast Theatre at a series of Norfolk venues - Credit: Archant

A new play set in wartime Norfolk is set to explore the relationship between an American airman and the members of a farming family who welcome him into their home.

Robin McLoughlin is Jimmy Finch in the new drama Parachute being staged by the fEast Theatre at a se

Robin McLoughlin is Jimmy Finch in the new drama Parachute being staged by the fEast Theatre at a series of Norfolk venues - Credit: Archant

It has been penned by playwright and former Paston College tutor Rob John for the north Norfolk-based fEast Theatre.

It tells the story of brash, garrulous, charming 2nd Lt Jimmy Finch, a navigator on a B24 Liberator heavy bomber, with a limitless supply of oranges and chewing gum.

He 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?

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

By the end of 1944 the majority of the 426,000 US airmen in Britain were stationed in Norfolk and Suffolk which had become a mosaic of airfields.

Mr John, from Antingham, said: 'It is a love story and social history from a time when the fields of Norfolk were in the front line of a global conflict.'

Most Read

Jimmy Finch is played by Robin McLoughlin, Walter Cubitt by Owen Evans from the Nimmo Twins, his wife Margy by Dawn Finnerty and daughter Lilian by Tabitha Woodgett.

It is the same cast who featured in fEast Theatre's previous production drawing on Norfolk history, The Canada Boys, based on the true story of a group of workers at the world famous Colman's mustard factory who sought a new life on the other side of the Atlantic.

The company aims to create and tour new work which examines themes, characters and narratives which resonate with East Anglian people.

Parachute's nine-venue tour (all 7.30pm):

Friday March 27 - Westacre Theatre, 01760 755800, boxoffice@westacretheatre.com

Saturday March 28 - Sheringham Little Theatre, 01263 822347

www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

Wednesday April 1 - Sedgeford Village Hall, 01485 570097

Thursday April 2 - Granary Theatre Wells, 01328 710885 info@wellsmaltings.org.uk

Friday April 3 - The Atrium Theatre North Walsham, 01692 218060,

www.theatrium.org.uk

Saturday April 4 - Fakenham Community Centre, 01328 855172

www.ticketsource/fakenhamcommunitycentre

Tuesday April 7 and Wednesday April 8 - The Garage Norwich, 01603 283382, www.thegarage.org.uk

Friday April 10 - Aylsham Town Hall, 07796 519987,

www.ticketsource.co.uk/aylshamfestival

Saturday April 11 - Hindolveston Village Hall, 01263 732170

More information at www.feasttheatre.com

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter