Broad Roots takes its name from the area of its location, Oulton Broad, Suffolk on the eastern coast of England. The Broads are a group of 63 protected lakes strung out across Norfolk and Suffolk that are both important wildlife habitats as well as being used for recreational activities.
Oulton Broad is the Southern-most lake and is a holiday destination for people seeking sailing activities and natural history. The surrounding ‘village’ of the same name is where the inventor of the hovercraft, Sir Christopher Cockerell, lived and is joined to Lowestoft, the most easterly town in the British Isles.
Lowestoft is a gritty port of some 70,000 people, once famed for its fishing industry and ship building, both long since gone, as well as being a traditional English seaside holiday resort. It was the birth place of the classical composer Benjamin Britten and is one of the earliest known sites of human habitation in Britain.
Both Oulton Broad and Lowestoft have a lively music scene with a long-standing folk club (The Waveney Folk Club) and jazz club (Milestones) as well as many pubs that book a variety of music acts. Although several buildings in the town are four and five hundred years old, Lowestoft is predominantly a Victorian seaside town with award-winning beaches, restaurants and a famous free two-day airshow in the summer.
The Seagull Theatre is situated in Pakefield, a picturesque fishing village joined to the southern part of Lowestoft. The Seagull is a community theatre, which was saved by generous benefactors and enthusiastic folk from the local arts community when funding was withdrawn and the council wished to sell it.
The theatre continues to stage concerts, plays, shows and events of all kinds from Shakespeare to talent shows and is now a busy theatre, well loved and attended by the local community but, like most theatres, needs the support of regular audiences. The Seagull is the venue for Broad Roots’ Winter Warmer Weekend in December.