Be in to win a dou­ble pass to hol­i­day show

Eastern Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - TARANNUM SHAIKH

A stage adap­ta­tion of the pop­u­lar Hor­ri­ble His­to­ries books is com­ing to Auck­land to show­case the United King­dom’s his­tory.

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to the Barmy Bri­tain per­for­mance to treat your child these school hol­i­days.

First per­formed in Lon­don’s West End, di­rec­tor Neal Fos­ter’s ver­sion leaves the ‘‘nasty’’ bits - the grue­some, bizarre and in­ter­est­ing de­tails - in.

The play pro­vides plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for the au­di­ence to get in­volved, and while it’s directed at chil­dren, Fos­ter says adults tend to learn just as much.

‘‘Ev­ery­body thinks they know his­tory, they know the sto­ries,’’ Fos­ter says.

‘‘What they find out when East­ern Courier

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they come and see our show is that what they thought they knew all turns out to be wrong, and they get the true line of his­tory, which of­ten turns out to be a lot more in­ter­est­ing than what they thought they knew.’’

The one-hour pro­duc­tion, adapted from the book series by Terry Deary and car­toon­ist Martin Brown, presents his­toric char­ac­ters such as Celtic war­rior queen Boudicca, King John, King Henry VIII, and Guy Fawkes.

From its hum­ble be­gin­nings in Dar­ling­ton, north­west Eng­land, the Hor­ri­ble His­to­ries stage show has played in Dubai, Singapore, Syd­ney, Hong Kong, and Lon­don’s West End.

Wher­ever the pro­duc­tion tours, Fos­ter says the re­sponse is ‘‘uni­ver­sally great’’, with only one ex­cep­tion.

‘‘The only times it isn’t is when you get a school that’s very well-be­haved and very strict, and they’ve been told by their teach­ers ’ do not make a sound when you’re in the the­atre’.

‘‘Some­times you can be won­der­ing if any­one’s out there, be­cause some schoolteacher has mis­un­der­stood what the­atre’s all about.

‘‘But once an au­di­ence knows it’s al­lowed to join in and play along, then noth­ing stops it.’’

To en­ter the East­ern Courier draw for two tick­ets to see Barmy Bri­tain at Auck­land’s ASB The­atre on Oc­to­ber 2, email with Hor­ri­ble His­to­ries in the sub­ject line, and your name, ad­dress and con­tact phone num­ber by 4pm on Septem­ber 28.

The win­ner will be con­tacted by 5pm on Fri­day, Septem­ber 29.

Tick­et­ing and tour in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at­na­


The Hor­ri­ble His­to­ries stage show in Auck­land will show­case Bri­tain’s his­tory, leav­ing in all the ‘‘nasty’’ bits.

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