Horrid Henry wants his own identity separate from that of his kid brother Perfect Peter, so he dreams up his own show. Cue a dazzling rock star routine with stadium lights. The trials of life for Henry include being forced by his ballet teacher to dress up as a banana whilst his little brother (nicknamed the poopsicle) turns out a spot-on dance routine. Henry turns horrid as he transforms an old washing machine box into a lean, mean time machine to take gullible Perfect Peter to a future where boys wear dresses and lipstick.
John Godber has written this play to echo every child's difficult feelings about growing up in a world where they have to do things they don't like and can't control. Henry's evil babysitter Rebecca makes him go to bed at 7pm without watching ‘Mutant Max’ on TV; he seizes the chance to escape the constraints of family life at a sleepover at new friend Nick's house. Only thing is, Nick’s opera-singing parents keep two big dogs - and one of them, Rigoletto, keeps making puddles on the floor. Another chance of escapism comes at school where football tickets are up for grabs - but only for the best footballer. Alas, school chum Moody Margaret proves to be an unfeasibly gifted footballer in a dramatic sequence that echoes a moment from a different John Godber play, Up n Under.
The versatile cast successfully maintain a high level of energy throughout this two hour show, culminating in Henry living out his dream as a rock star. This is his show, after all!