Norfolk flooding disaster recounted in play

The cast of Winter ’53

The cast of Winter ’53 - Credit: submitted

The horror of the 1953 floods is the setting of a new play touring north Norfolk.

After the sell-out success of their last two touring productions The Canada Boys and Parachute fEast Theatre is back on the road this spring with 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, the 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.

As well as professional actors the show will feature a chorus recruited from the communities where the play will be performed.

The company has run a series of voice workshops to find and then train their community chorus team.

The play's director Mandy McKenna said: 'fEast Theatre has always been committed to developing new work which resonates for the people of our region. Our wonderful chorus which has actors aged from 13 to 80 takes this community mission a step further.'

Sound designer Mark Fawcett of Fish Need Snorkels is also working on the production.

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Winter '53 will be staged at Sheringham Little Theatre on Saturday April 16 at 7.30pm (www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com), The Atrium Theatre North Walsham on Thursday, April 28 7.30pm (www.theatrium.org.uk), The Harbour Rooms Blakeney on Thursday, April 21 7.30pm (01328 830209) and Aylsham Town Hall on Saturday April 30 7.30pm with tickets from Barnwells in Aylsham.

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