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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain at QPAC

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by Helen Belli (subscribe)
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All the nasty bits of history

'Barmy Britain' is just one of the 100 stories written and distributed to 31 counties in the past 20 years from the pen of Terry Deary. Three casts from the Birmingham Stage company alternate between three shows a day, wearing themselves out for two exhausting hours on the stage. It's vaudeville, it's pantomime, it's operetta, but most of all it's fun for everyone between 5 and 105.

This is all the nasty [but true] bits of history dating from the arrival of the Romans in Britain, to the time of the vile Victorians. Did you know Elizabeth 1 was called 'bad Bess'? Oh! Yes this is history, warts and all. The black plague, nasty robberies, ghastly hangings and all stuff nasty, not fun for some, even being royalty wasn't always tickity boo. History with appropriate and inappropriate noises, dances and songs told with gusto to an audience, not encouraged but ordered to join in the fun. Those chosen jumped onto the stage and were thrilled to be there. Perhaps this will be the way to teach history in schools in the not too distant future.

The songs were great and the singers excellent, but we did need the words which were delivered much too fast, and many were missed. After interval the visual effects were heightened with 3D glasses, it was fun trying to catch objects flying through the air. Many will be wanting more of Horrible Histories after seeing this stage show. Books, T.V. shows, Theme Parks and Video Games are some of the ways to get history the horrible way. This was a marvellous way to end the school holidays.
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When: From 30 Jan to 1 Feb 2015
Where: Grey St. Sth Brisbane
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