1-4 July 2015
Reviewed by Claire Giles
After watching Horrible Histories Groovy Greeks earlier in the week with my 10 year old daughter, which was amazing, we were both looking forward to seeing Horrible Histories Incredible Invaders (and we definitely weren’t disappointed). My daughter is a massive fan of the Horrible Histories books and television series so she couldn’t wait to see it live on stage. The Alhambra is easy to find and signposted once you enter Bradford City Centre. We parked at NCP Southgate which is literally round the corner from the theatre. The NCP offers discounted parking for anyone attending the theatre by way of a discount ticket you collect from the box office on request. The Alhambra is a beautiful theatre inside. The staff are always helpful and friendly. We were seated really close to the stage (row L) and had a fantastic view.
Horrible Histories Incredible Invaders is based on the bestselling book of the same name by Terry Deary and performed by The Birmingham Stage Company. The cast comprised of two actors and two actresses. One actress played Mavis an ancient Briton who was trying to avoid a life of slavery against the invading Romans, Saxons and Vikings. The other three actors/actress constantly changed roles to perform as lots of different historical characters. History was brought to life and given a modern twist making it both enjoyable and educational for children and adults alike (I definitely learnt something’s I didn’t know before). The show included a Grand Design mock up of how to make Roman roads, The Great British Bash Up between Paulinus versus Boudicca and a Saxon version of Come Dine with Me. The cast was very enthusiastic and seemed to be actually enjoying acting out the performance. There were elements of the show which involved audience participation including a sing along contest between the divided audience. The songs in the show were catchy and the jokes witty. My daughter particularly liked Vik the Viking can he fix it (to the tune of Bob the Builder) complete with talking Lofty as the Viking boat head. The costume changes were quick and clever so the show continued at a high speed.
The background to the cast was a large screen which provided backdrops to the first half of the show. In the interval everyone was given a pair of 3D glasses. In the second half of the show the large screen was in 3D which really brought history to life! There were swords, spears, snakes, killer dogs, blood, severed limbs and even a Viking boat appearing out of the screen. This definitely made the audience jump (some even out of their seats!) and scream out loud. It was funny to watch my daughter trying to push away the things appearing from the screen and jump out of her seat at the snake. The 3D could be quite scary for smaller children and would definitely say the show was age 6 plus.
I would highly recommend this as a fun family night out. It was both fun and educational. Enjoyable for children and adults alike.
Horrible Histories – Groovy Greeks is at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford until 4 July 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01274 432000.
The Alhambra Theatre, Morley Street, Bradford, BD7 1AJ | Box Office 01274 432000