No, we’re not talking about Brexit! Hang on to your hats – the Best Of Barmy Britain Part Two is coming to Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
This March, local theatre company Art For All will be bringing historical comedy show, Barmy Britain, to Dubai. All the way from Londonâ€™s West End, this brand new production in the Horrible Histories series is a fabulously fun piece of educational theatre, based on the bestselling works of childrenâ€™s author Terry Deary.
Encapsulating three of his popular books, Rotten Romans, Terrible Tudors and Vile Victorians, the show motors through the past, giving kids an entertaining insight into British history.
“It takes months of planning to host an international theatrical show here in the UAE.” Said Rania Ashur, Founder and Director of Art For All. “All our shows are brought with schools and the curriculum in mind too â€“ so that limits our options as we are guided by the semesters and breaks. It takes a lot of coordination every time to fly out cast and crew.”
In addition to being factually bang-on, this marvelously conceived show is witty and entertaining, with clever performances and amusing sound effects. Whether theyâ€™re history lovers or loathers, its guaranteed that kids will be riveted from start to finish.
“Children spend so much time in front of electronics and it gets harder and harder to help them appreciate the joys of sitting quietly and reading. Our shows bring those â€˜first reader favouritesâ€™ to life on stage.” Said Rania.
It’s now been 20 years since the first Horrible Histories books â€“ Awesome Egyptians and Terrible Tudors â€“ were published, so the first generation of children exposed to the grisly sensibility of Terry Deary and the cartoonist Martin Brown may now have children of their own. The output in those two decades has been extraordinary: there are now more than 100 titles, which have sold 20 million copies (eight million of those in translation), to 31 countries. There are sticker books, annuals, Horrible Histories Top Trumps, mugs, video games, roadshows and even a magazine.
The CBBC series was a relative latecomer to the party in 2009; before that, in 2001-2, there were two series of an animated version that never really took off, then in 2006 the Birmingham Stage Company secured the stage rights and has been touring with Horrible Histories stage productions ever since. And now, thanks to the Rania and the team at Art for All, young book lovers and theatre goers will get to enjoy the performances for themselves.
Miss it at your peril!
Where: Madinat Theatre
When: 14-15 March, 2019
Cost: AED 125 – 185
Tickets: Madinat Box Office and Virgin Tickets
School bookings: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
General enquiries: Call 050 880 5074 or visit www.artforall.ae
Suitable for children aged 5+.
Running time: 70 minutes