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.
Our latest production is Rebellious Sisterhood - Votes For Women, a new play for the centenary of women gaining the vote in the UK. It has been specially written for us by Karen Forbes and we are currently accepting bookings for autumn 2018 and spring 2019. The show will feature close friends Mrs Pankhurst and composer Ethel Smyth, alongside young firebrand Grace Roe. This is a tale of friendship, hardship, jealousy and rivalry at the heart of The Cause, takes a rare glimpse behind the scenes at the private lives and the personal cost paid by the leaders of the Suffragettes.
Last year our tour featured the talents of two remarkable and ground breaking Music Hall entertainers and rivals, Miss Marie Lloyd and Miss Vesta Tilley, both 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 by John Mangan explored Marie’s chequered personal life, her rivalry with Vesta and the very different paths their lives followed.
Edith Cavell - Facing The Silence is a new one-woman play, commissioned from John Mangan in 2015 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.
Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst is not a well woman. Recently released from prison, her hunger strike has left her weak and debilitated. 1913 has not been an easy year. Family arguments threaten scandal. Financially embarrassed and living out of a suitcase, she is terrified at the prospect of being returned to prison. The only sanctuary is with her friend, the composer, Ethel Smyth. But Ethel’s love for Emmeline is about to be challenged by the arrival of young firebrand, Grace Roe, fresh from turning East Anglia into a hotbed of Suffragette protest.
This exciting play takes a rare glimpse behind the scenes at the private lives and the personal cost paid by the leaders of the Suffragettes.
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!
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.”
This show remains in our repertoire, so please contact us if you would like to book a performance.