No Horizon is a brand new musical inspired by the life of Nicholas Saunderson, a blind scientist and mathematician from Yorkshire. He defies impossible odds to become a Cambridge Professor and friend of royalty, and is now described as an 18th century Stephen Hawking.
The musical ran at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016 to critical acclaim and has now
been adapted for a 2020 Northern tour by Right Hand Theatre. The show has been
described by musical star Elaine Paige as “one to watch out for” and a “Yorkshire Les Mis” by Chris Evans.
The show is putting diversity and inclusivity at the forefront of the production, delivering the show in a gender blind way. But do we really need a female Isaac Newton?
I’m a big fan of their stance on accessibility, though. The director and lead actor are both visually impaired, really showing their dedication for ensuring the arts is accessible for all.
The lead role of Saunderson is played by Adam Martyn from Doncaster, who is partially
sighted. Adam trained professionally as an actor at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts
The leading female character Abigail Fox is played by Larissa Teale, who is Yorkshire
born and bred. Larissa trained professionally at Rose Bruford College in London.
The 2020 Northern tour of No Horizon is funded by Arts Council England and Foyle
Foundation, co-commissioned by Cast, Doncaster and The Civic, Barnsley, and supported by Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind (SRSB).
No Horizon comes to York Theatre Royal on 9th & 11th April. I’ll certainly look forward to seeing the show, will you?