Truth, they say, is stranger than fiction and purveyors of the finest stories from history, Mr Abs and Mr Alex, are on a mission to prove just that.
Show favourites the History Tellers are back again with their rip-roaring stories from the past. They’re on the high seas with the mutinous crew of HMS Bounty, digging deep for dinosaurs in queen Victoria’s Britain and diving for sunken treasures beneath the waves.
In their spectacular fifth year at the festival, Alex and Abs continue to be the perfect companion to the lectures with their fun and frantic approach to historical tale telling. Be warned: their enthusiasm is infectious!
The History Tellers will be performing every evening and through the festival weekend at their History Tellers Tent. Each show is approximately 20-30 minutes long and suitable for children.
From their Old Curiousity Shop-themed marquee, this pair are like the Edwardian Adventurers that time forgot. One look at the scenery behind them shows that they’ve acquired some pretty odd stuff on their travels too. It’s not just there for show, however – rather, it inspires some remarkable tales of the past, mined from the richest seam of Man’s adventurous history.
As Mr Alex settles the audience into their seats or stokes up the blazing fire for an evening show, Mr Abs, chief raconteur and master of the silly voice, surveys his collection of curiosities and chooses the next tale. It might be Odysseus and the Cyclops, Guy Gibson and the Dambusters Raid or the French General after Waterloo who found himself turned into a rather dainty tea service!
The stories are dramatic, with bits of costume pulled out of tea chests and mood lighting courtesy of Mr Alex flicking switches.
It’s not just by night these stories live. During the day they entertain school groups and visitors alike with their brand of science, art and history, served together in a heady mix of tale-telling with a difference.
The History Tellers are fun and family-orientated, but their unique brand of cheerful stories and informed history is guaranteed to inspire everyone from Dan Snow to Joe Bloggs at this year’s History Festival.