Edith Cavell – Facing The Silence to be staged at Angles Theatre in Wisbech

Judi Daykin plays Edith Cavell at the Angles Theatre.

Judi Daykin plays Edith Cavell at the Angles Theatre. - Credit: Archant

A life-affirming celebration of a woman’s trailblazing story will take to the stage tonight at the Angles Theatre, in Wisbech.

Norfolk based Broad Horizons Theatre Company presents Edith Cavell – Facing The Silence. It is written by John Mangan and performed by Judi Daykin.

It is 1915. Norfolk nurse Edith Cavell has been captured by the Germans and accused of treason. She has faced 60 days of near solitary confinement, interrogation and now a trial. Surely the Germans will not execute a woman?

Yet, she is facing another trial, alone in her cell. Sixty days alone with the only person who knows who Edith Cavell really is – herself. Edith Cavell is facing the silence.

Set in Edith’s prison cell in the St Gilles Prison in Brussels, Mangan’s new play explores the life and trial of this trailblazing woman.


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A pioneer of nursing training, with a strong sense of duty, Edith found herself trapped in an occupied country surrounded by an English hating German military hierarchy.

“I have long admired Nurse Cavell’s actions and bravery,” said actor Judi Daykin. “Many people have heard of Edith, but not so many realise just what a risk she took in her resistance work or how she protected allied soldiers and her trainee nurses.

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“John’s new play brings out the human cost of duty and sacrifice, not to mention Edith’s strong character and sense of humour, along with her life story. It’s a fabulous piece of writing.”

Director Rhett Davies said: “Audience reactions have been extremely positive, we have even had standing ovations.

“It’s a very moving and entertaining piece of work.”

Edith Cavell - Facing The Silence is at the Angles today at 7.30pm. The show is suitable for over-13s.

Tickets cost £11, £9 concessions. To purchase, contact the box office on 01945 474447.

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