Arts & Entertainment

Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain

Neal Foster (as Rex) & Alison Fitzjohn (as Queenie). Photo: Jane Hobson

Historical characters are often revered or loathed in books, TV and in the theatre. Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain is a hilarious children’s story that has been adapted in all three mediums telling the tales of notorious and dodgy characters from British history, covering periods such as the Victorian era and the Roman empire. The show was created as a collection of the best sketches from previous Barmy Britain plays and is a contrast between modern life and the way people lived a long time ago by placing historical events into contemporary settings.

The Horrible Histories series was originally written by Terry Deary as a collection of books that included Barmy Britain nearly 25 years ago, it was later adapted into a sketch comedy TV series and then transformed into a theatre production that has been running for six years in London’s West End. It has also travelled to many international theatres.

The production returns to Australia for the third time and City Hub asked creator of the stage shows Neil Foster why Barmy Britain appeals to a younger audience.

“Terry Deary came up with the genius idea of concentrating the Horrible Histories’ books on the gory, disgusting, the rude, the crazy and the naughty sides of history. It’s a wonderful introduction into history for children.”

This show will take you through an imaginative tale of history’s most eventful periods and characters where children and adults alike will laugh and learn at the same time.

Sep 26. The Seymour Centre, City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale. $27.50-$38.70+b.f. Tickets & Info:

By Daniel Jaramillo.