Review: Simply barmy and a fun way to learn!
- Credit: Archant
Norwich Theatre Royal
Terry Deary and Neal Foster's irreverent take on British history is known to all from the Horrible Histories on television.
The appeal of their cartoon take on Britain's often dry and dusty past lies in the energy with which they draw our country's kings, queens and notorious characters.
The magic of the stage show, however, lies as much in the audience as in the performance itself.
As I took my seat at the Theatre Royal the children were cheering before the actors even appeared. Deary intends that kids should be set free to enjoy history outside the limits of the classroom, and they certainly appreciate his efforts.
- 1 Meet the new team behind revamped village pub
- 2 Woman in 40s airlifted to hospital after suffering medical emergency
- 3 'Once in a lifetime catch' - man lands monster fish in Norfolk
- 4 Music-loving dad whose ashes were fired into festival crowd took own life
- 5 People are driving for hours to visit this loaded fries and doughnut kiosk
- 6 Obituary: Doctor, and son of Norwich's recycling empire founder, dies aged 69
- 7 One person taken to hospital after three-car crash on A47
- 8 Father accused of baby girl's murder 'had short fuse and made things up'
- 9 'TV naturalist suggests Western Link is not 'tolerable'
- 10 Norfolk man amongst UK's 12 most wanted
In a two-hour romp, we were treated to a real chronology of Britain's past, meeting everybody from Boudicca to the British Empire.
What makes it all so accessible is not only the reference to television shows we all know (Elizabeth I was an Undercover Boss; Highwayman Dick Turpin appeared in his own version of The Only Way is Essex) but also the direct way the characters address us from the stage.
All this, and stunning 3D effects in the backdrop as well. Great stuff!