Our very first project was The Capable Convict Henry Kable by Kiara Hawker and was first performed at The Thetford's Great Festival on 26th and 27th August 2014. This one-woman play was written specially for Thetford's Great Festival about the life of Henry Kable, the failed burglar of a Thetford household and First Fleeter of 1788. The show ran in August 2014 and it was performed again, as a part of Heritage Open Days in 2015 on 12th September at the Guildhall. Images from The Capable Convict Henry Kable.
The play is based on the life and times of Henry Kable. Kable, who was tried at the old Guildhall in Thetford (we will perform our play in the new Guildhall in Thetford), was convicted of burglary and sentenced to death. Fortunately for Kable, he was held for a time at Norwich Castle, which (lacking divisions between male and female quarters) gave him the opportunity to meet and fall in love with Susannah Holmes. Henry's story thereafter is one of lucky escapes, travel across the seas upon the ship "The Friendship" and triumphs of the common man in the new land of Australia.
Kiara Hawker trained at Kingston University and the Rose Theatre Kingston. Theatre credits include: a UK tour of new writing with Broad Horizons Theatre Company; regional tours with Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company in A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Importance of Being Earnest, Forgotten, The Poisoner’s Pact, and The Bricks of Burston; Stage Award nominated physical theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; performance art with Vivarium Studio; immersive theatre with Artichoke. As well as acting Kiara writes and directs for her own theatre company, Fine Time Theatre. The company has produced three new plays inspired by the history of East Anglia.