Be in to win a double pass to holiday show
A stage adaptation of the popular Horrible Histories books is coming to Auckland to showcase the United Kingdom’s history.
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 email@example.com 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 at www.livenation.co.nz.
The Horrible Histories stage show in Auckland will showcase Britain’s history, leaving in all the ‘‘nasty’’ bits.