Theatre: Preview: Horrible Histories
Thousands of years after the Ruthless Romans, Savage Saxons and Vicious Vikings stormed ashore on the coast of Britain and the Gruesome Greeks competed in the first ever Olympic Games, Birmingham Stage Company’s brand new show relives some of those horribly exciting times from May 25-28.
BSC’s latest horribly historic brace, Incredible Invaders and Groovy Greeks – in rep throughout the week – repeats the company’s hugely popular formula, mixing actors and 3D Bogglevision special effects.
In Incredible Invaders the Celts are crunched when the Ruthless Romans invaded Britain. Can crazy Caratacus save the nation? Hide behind Hadrian’s Wall and witness the Savage Saxons smash their way in. Can you stop King Alfred burning his buns? Discover who’s at Sutton Hoo and survive the Vicious Vikings as they sail into the audience. It’s a thousand year journey with Incredible Invaders!
Groovy Greeks, meanwhile, takes us from savage Sparta to angry Athens to discover the truth about growing up in Greece. Take on the Trojans and pummel the Persians, compete in the first ever Olympic Games and appear in the very first play: meet your match with the Minotaur and be zapped by Zeus, and hold on tight as you gatecrash the gruesome and Groovy Greeks. As the tagline goes, it’s history with the nasty bits left in.