Welcome

Welcome to Broad Horizons Theatre Company. We are a lively small theatre company based in Norfolk run by Judi Daykin and Rhett Davies. Our aim is to produce the best in established and new writing for touring to theatres, arts centres, rural touring schemes and educational venues.

Our primary focus is on women’s stories. At a time when women’s studies are being removed from history curriculums, we believe that it is more necessary than ever to share the lives of some very remarkable women, the events that they took part in and, in many cases, led. Creative women, hard working women, political women, home-makers or educators. There are so many great stories to tell that it is hard to choose between them.

Last year we toured with a new one-woman play by John Mangan “Edith Cavell – Facing The Silence”, written for the centenary of this brave Nurse’s execution during the First World War. This show is still available to be booked and is especially suitable for intimate venues.

This year we are combining the talents of two remarkable and ground breaking Music Hall entertainers and rivals, Miss Marie Lloyd and Miss Vesta Tilley. John Mangan joins us again as author on another exciting new show. Both Marie and Vesta broke the rules for women in Victorian society. Marie loved life and lived it to the full; her act was daring, provocative and risqué. Vesta imitated men, wearing suits and uniforms, even sparking men's fashion trends. Both were adored by their audiences and had fans all over the world.

“The Little Bit the Boys Admire” will explore Marie’s chequered personal life, her rivalry with Vesta and the very different paths their lives followed. There will plenty of chances to join in the singing too!

Current Productions

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The Little Bit The Boys Admire

Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Marie Lloyd, that pulchritudinous personification of the Golden Age of Music Hall, invites you to an evening of entertainment excellence in the Euterpian and Terpsichorean Arts …….she’ll sing and dance a bit, sir!

Yes, Miss Marie Lloyd, for one night only, will tell the story of her astonishing and inspiring rise to become the Queen of British Entertainment.

With frequent assistance and factual correction from that virtuoso of contrariwise confusion…. she dresses as a man, madam! – Miss Vesta Tilley!

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Edith Cavell – Facing The Silence

It is 1915. English nurse, Edith Cavell, has been captured by the Germans and accused of treason. She has faced sixty days of near solitary confinement, interrogation and now a trial. Surely the Germans will not execute a woman?

Set in Edith’s prison cell in Brussels, this one-woman play sets out to find meaning in her trials, discovering who she is and why she lived, how she travelled from a quiet Norfolk parish to a prison cell in Brussels.

“Standing as I do in view of God and eternity, I realise that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.”

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Lunchtime Theatre

Broad Horizons provided lunchtime theatre at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich from 2002 to 2014. Ranging from one-woman shows, through short plays to compilation celebrations these lunchtime shows entertained, amused and moved audiences in under an hour.

The hunt for a new home for our popular lunchtime performances is now underway.

View all our productions