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Horrible History comes alive with stage shows

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: May 15, 2009

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THE hugely successful Horrible Histories moves from page to stage next week when they bring world wars to the Princess Theatre.

In the Frightful First World War, 13-year-old Angelica Taylor is sucked into the Horrible Histories website.

There she discovers how the war started, how troops were treated, the conditions in the trenches, what the soldiers ate, the weapons they faced, the fearsome court martials, the sinking of the Lusitania, the infamous ghost stories, war songs and experience what it was like to go over the top — leaving the theatre in no doubt why this was called the Great War.

In the Woeful Second World War, the Blitzed Brits tells the story of two Coventry children, Alf and Sally, who get evacuated to darkest Wales, escaping damp shelters and nightly bombings only to suffer rotten rations, scary schools and even scarier new parents.

It's packed with facts and there are ground- breaking 3D Bogglevision effects to witness the bombing of Coventry.

The audience will be able to discover everything you need to know about surviving battling Britain.

A spokesman for Birmingham Stage Company, who are behind both productions, said: "Over the past four years we have brought Horrible Histories to the stage. Now we are undertaking the most ambitious task of bringing the real experience of warfare in the First and Second World Wars alive to young theatre audiences.

"Both these brand new shows will thrill all the family. They are full of excitement, dangers and some songs and jokes, giving all ages a new insight into the troubles and hardships faced by ordinary people in both conflicts — a painless way to find out more about both world wars."

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