Considered the forefather of modern Lowestoft, Sir Samuel Morton Peto was an instrumental figure in the town’s fortune, prosperity and development in Victorian times.

‘Peto’ was a project facilitated by The Voice cloud which brought together in collaboration professional actors and community musicians for a performance which celebrated the heritage and history of Lowestoft, and was accompanied by traditional folk music and the Victorian seaside entertainment which the tourists who visited Lowestoft would have enjoyed.

For the first time, we believe, Peto‘s story was dramatised onstage in this unique production, revealing the man responsible for much of Lowestoft’s development and infrastructure – railway, port status and local architecture. ‘Peto’ explores his philanthropy for Lowestoft as well as his lesser-known financial downfall and eventual demise in obscurity.

‘Peto was delivered in collaboration with Suffolk Archives as part of the London Road, Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone, funded by Historic England and East Suffolk Council’s Enabling Communities budget’.