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Haverhill actor Charlie MacGechan's new production company draws on inspiration from his late mum Frances with Maxine Peake involved in one of its films

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A new production company jointly created by an actor from Haverhill has taken the name of a drama school once run by his late mum.

Flying Colours Productions has been named after the children’s drama school that was once run in Haverhill by Frances MacGechan, who died in February 2007.

Behind its inception is her actor son Charlie MacGechan and his acting agent Kristin Tarry, founder of TCG Artist Management Ltd (also a sister company to Flying Colours), with whom Charlie has been signed since turning professional in 2010.

Charlie MacGechan with Shak Dowling and Maxine Peake (forefront) in the studio. Contributed picture
Charlie MacGechan with Shak Dowling and Maxine Peake (forefront) in the studio. Contributed picture

The two are also sister companies to Run At It Shouting, originally a dramatic society founded in Haverhill in 1999 by Frances and revived in 2020 by Charlie.

It is now one of the UK’s leading platforms for creating and producing industry workshops, entertainment and events.

Charlie said: “Flying Colours was another project in Haverhill.

“It was short-lived but it was a drama school for kids, so they are both in her name. It’s got a lovely synchronicity to it.

“We are committed as a production company to doing diverse and exciting work.”

The new company has gained the sole rights (something that is, said Charlie, ‘incredibly difficult’ to achieve) to produce a London fringe theatre production of The Dwarfs, a stage adaptation by Kerry Lee Crabbe of the autobiographical novel by renowned writer Harold Pinter based on the life and times of Pinter’s Hackney gang in the 1950’s.

It is scheduled for a four-week run at a theatre in London from mid March to mid April.

Flying Colours is also involved in the production of two short films - both notable for being made up of female leads - one that was released last year and another that is due for release this year.

I Am, directed by Ludovica Musumeci, has a cast that, aside from Charlie, is entirely female and was released in 2021.

Also in the pipeline is the short film, Incompatible, a project produced by Magnified Pictures, BFI British Film Institute and DAM Films, in association with Flying Colours Productions.

The film is directed by Maxine Peake, who has many acting credits to her name, including the multiple award-winning drama, Three Girls.

Flying Colours is also asking for donations to help give the actors and crew of The Dwarfs fair wages when they need it most. Donations can be made at: https://www.flyingcoloursproductions.com/the-dwarfs