WinkBall Reporters were at Charing Cross’s Garrick Theatre to speak to the audience attending their production of Horrible Histories – the Barmy Britain edition. The hour-long show is set in ‘loathsome London’, explaining the history of Britain – but with all the nasty, gross and gory parts left in to the tale. Mainly because these less savoury elements are what have made Terry Deary’s children’s educational books so popular. Starting with the Roman invasion, to Henry VIII and the Victorians, the Birmingham Stage Company don’t fail to leave out any gory allegory to make example of the smells, rot and death in each English era. It – like the books and television adaptation – is a great way to promote learning history for children. Although there may be more made from the sordid elements than would normally be considered or acknowledged, it is something that appeals to the target audience and makes the theatre an accommodating place for families to be on a Saturday afternoon.