(Review by 14-year-old Tommy Birtles)
Today I went to The Capitol in Horsham to experience mayhem and violence spanning the last 2000 years. Being 14 years old I was a bit concerned to discover I was one of the oldest children in the Theatre but I quite enjoyed it and, to be fair the younger children clearly loved it as did my Dad and the other adults.
It was good because it had humour which kept us all laughing whilst we actually learnt a lot about our history. The first half was fun but not as quick and enjoyable as the second at which stage the 3D glasses had to be worn. The interval was fun with 3D effects such as 3D spears and seagull poo flying at us. I did enjoy the special effects but thought they were over used and would have preferred to have them throughout the play but more sparingly.
The Actors were fantastic. Taking on multiple roles and costume changes in a short space of time and they delivered jokes in a manner that had all ages laughing. Add to that 3D moments like an enormous snake attacking you, a vicious dog leaping at you and there was never a dull moment.
Towards the end we had a fun pantomime style sing along competition where we realised what a lot we had learnt. As my Dad said afterwards; he hadn’t realised that Roman towns end in “er”, Saxon towns end in “brough” and Viking towns end in “by”. After the singing competition we all remembered. A singing competition that started with one character saying that if the children couldn’t see their parents singing really loudly it meant hey didn’t love them. Hilarious!
Overall it was a great play that was not only entertaining but educational as well. It ended with a song that I would like all prejudiced people to hear. The theme was that our genes are a mixture of many different nationalities spread back over 2000 years so it’s far too late to want to stop an invasion of other cultures. Over the years it’s been the mix that has made us what we are!
More information about the Horrible Histories
BSC launch their new Horrible Histories stage shows, Incredible Invaders and Groovy Greeks, in April at The Capitol, Horsham 2-5 April 2015. The shows, which use actors and 3D Bogglevision special effects, will then tour the country for twelve months before visiting theatres further afield in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai during 2016. Full UK tour details at www.birminghamstage.com
In INCREDIBLE INVADERS the Celts are crunched when the Ruthless Romans invaded Britain. Can crazy Caratacus can 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 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! Hold on tight as you gatecrash the gruesome and Groovy Greeks!
It’s history with the nasty bits left in!
The Capitol, Horsham
The Capitol shows plays and films every week and all details of it’s entertainment programme can be found on the website