19-21 September 2016
Reviewed by Katy Nettleton
Last night I took two very excited little girls to see Horrible Histories Barmy Britain by the Birmingham Stage Company at Buxton Opera House. With high expectations, in respect to a particularly famous book and television series, this performance did not disappoint.
On arrival we were able to easily find a parking space on the street right outside. We were warmly welcomed by helpful and friendly staff who provided booster seats for a better view. As we awaited the curtains, we sat in awe of the ornate traditional theatre decor. Toilets were easily accessed en route to our seat, however it was an individual toilet so some queuing was required before after the show.
As the lights dimmed and the music rose, two actors sprang forth and the two little girls squeaked with glee. In true Horrible Histories style, the small cast switched costumes and characters, and the show unfurled. The pace, narrative and talent kept the show flowing wonderfully. We were introduced to Queen Boudica and all through Barmy British History; including such iconic historic figures as Henry VIII and Queen Victoria, but I won’t give too much away as the story line needs to be untold for viewers.
Audience interaction was fantastic fun, good old sing song and mild audience competitiveness mixed with accompanying catchy music and actions; not only great fun but locking in the learning for the future. The actors maintained a great dynamic and energy throughout.
Horrible Histories never fails to be horribly brilliant! I give this 5 out of 5.
For other shows at Buxton Opera House visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.
Buxton Opera House, Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6XN | 0845 127 2190