28 June to 2 July 2016
Reviewed by Tricia Shaw
My 8 year old son is a huge fan of everything Horrible Histories. He has all the books and watches every episode of the TV series as well as the Gory Games quiz show. So, I was fairly certain the stage show would be a hit too.
On Tuesday 28 June we set off with great anticipation of a fun evening of entertainment. The Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury is easy to find with plenty of parking. It is a lovely modern building with good facilities. On arrival the staff were welcoming and friendly. Having collected our tickets, we had a drink at the bar before heading into the auditorium where we looked at the programme (cost £4) trying to find the rats and answer the questions on the activity pages. It was good fun and certainly kept us busy whilst we waited for the show to start.
On stage the scenery was simple but effective, with a display of shields and spears on each side and the title of the show projected onto the screen at the back. The show started promptly with Zeus’ (Terry Deary) booming voice calling the latecomers onto the stage.
Four actors took us through various events where we learnt lots of horrible facts about the Greeks including the Trojan horse, Greek acting, slavery, and the Olympic games. There were the customary songs and bodily function humour throughout the show which had both of us laughing, groaning and wincing right from the outset. With allusions to current TV programmes and events and plenty of audience participation it appeals to both adults and children.
The entertainment continued through the interval when we were given 3D glasses resulting in squeals as unexpected creatures suddenly appeared and projectiles flew towards us through the air.
The second half of the show began with the legend of the Minotaur. The graphics on screen and the 3D effects were brilliant. The challenges of the second half culminated in the Persian war where the audience ducked to avoid the spears flying at us and rowed the boats to help win the battles. The costumes were simple but effective and the scene changes were seamless.
My son could not stop talking about the show the whole way home, his first words this morning and on return from school today were “Do you remember when…”, “Wasn’t it funny when…”. However, when asked which was his favourite part, he really couldn’t decide. The highlights for him were the Olympic Games (due to the naked costumes!); the 3D special effects; God’s Got Talent; The Trojan’s in the style of The Simpsons; and the Persian War (plenty of re-enactment of the running humour from this scene has taken place at home).
I would highly recommend this educational and entertaining show.
There are 2 different live shows running: “Incredible Invaders” and “Groovy Greeks”; so be sure to make sure you book for the right one, or book both!
Tickets cost from £14.65 to £19.65 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Horrible Histories Groovy Greeks is at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury until 2 July 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7607.
Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 1UG | 0844 871 7607