Horse Play – hear the true story!

The remarkable true story of Sprowston Boy; athlete, companion and…well…horse!

Geoff and his childhood best friend grew up on Sprowston Road, Norwich. A sixth generation coal merchant and a salesman, they clubbed together to buy their ‘dream horse’. That horse was Sprowston Boy, and he went on to win the final and most coveted race at Royal Ascot ‘87. And was jockeyed by the first, and only, female to win it for another 32 years.

An underdog adventure with unlikely heroes, written by Geoff’s granddaughter. Pieced together using press cuttings, interviews, a scrapbook, and just a sprinkle of theatrical magic.

“You see, it is all true…well, most of it”.

Presented by Norfolk Arts Awards nominee The Whiting’s On The Wall. With original music by Skinny Boy Tunes, as featured on BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 6. Supported by Arts Council England, The Garage Norwich and National Horse Racing Museum.

“Mixing nostalgia with playfulness, humour and poignancy” EASTERN DAILY PRESS

“Extraordinary! Like nothing I’ve seen before quite honestly” Audience review, ‘Voices of Norfolk’ 2022


The play which lasts 70 minutes, will be performed in the John Lambton Rooms at the National Horse Racing Museum. There will also be a short intervals for drinks followed by a post show talk featuring Gay Kelleway and special guests.

Please note: This show contains mild swearing, flashing lights, descriptions of war and mild themes of harassment. Parental guidance advisable.

Event Information

Saturday 25th November 2023

2.30 pm

Adults £10, Under 12s £5

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