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Making learning fun! Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories are back on the New Theatre stage and this time it’s the turn of the Frightful First World War and the Woeful Second World War. The latter is one of the most borrowed non-fiction books in children’s libraries in the UK, and together with its companion piece come to Cardiff from Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 November.

Having triumphed with stage versions of four of Terry Deary’s hugely successful books, the Tudors, Victorians, Egyptians and Romans, the Birmingham Stage Company return with their most ambitious project yet which features amazing 3D Bogglevision and actors. Both these brand new shows will thrill all the family as they are full of excitement, songs and some jokes as well as giving all ages a new insight into the dangers and hardships faced by ordinary people in both conflicts.

The Frightful First World War has amazing 3D scenes to thrill the young audience include the sinking of the Lusitania, trench rats jumping into the auditorium and tanks rumbling into the stalls, blasting the audience! The children will also get a flavour of what it was like to go ‘over the top’, facing a hailstorm of bullets and mortars in no mans land. This play tells the story of 13 year old Angelica Taylor who gets sucked into the Horrible Histories website until she has travelled through the five years of the First World War.

The Woeful Second World War is about Alf and Sally who get evacuated to darkest Wales, away from the damp shelters and nightly bombings of their home city – only to encounter rotten rations, scary schools and even scarier new parents. In the second half of the show the audience wears 3D specs to see the amazing Bogglevision effects, preparing for the final onslaught as the German bombers make their deadly journey towards Coventry!
Terry Deary was recently described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘the country’s most influential historian’. Terry is the author of 190 books which are sold in 40 different languages - even Chinese! Horrible Histories have sold more than 20 million books world wide. Books for Keeps magazine readers voted him “The Outstanding Children’s Non-Fiction Author Of The 20th Century” and a Schoolsnet survey made him the most borrowed British author in school libraries. Terry is also keen to take the lorded great and good down a peg or two.

“My job is not to write plays or books. My job is to change the world,” he says. I want to give people a proper perspective. Horrible Histories are about the hard-up and unfortunate and showing what evil people the powerful and privileged often are. The stories of poor people are always neglected and victims of suffering are often the real heroes”.

Horrible Histories is at the New Theatre, Cardiff from Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 November. Suggested age 7+. Tickets range from £8.00 - £17.50 and under 16s pay just £8 each and can booked via the Box Office on 029 2087 8889 or online* at

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