July 3, 2009
Horrible Histories ‘World War 2’ presents an epic representation of operation ‘Moonlight Sonata’ that burnt Coventry city to the ground as an act of revenge to Britain’s war tactics. The bogglevision glasses that generate the 3D effects created shrieks of amazement as tiny tots to teenagers experienced the sensation of being caught in an overhead bombing campaign. There is also a hilarious cartoon cow with a lolling tongue that comes a little to close for comfort! The ensemble cast wins the hearts of the audience with their compassionate story-telling of a brother and sister who are sent to live on a Welsh farm after being evacuated. War time songs and warnings such as ‘tittle tattle lost the battle’ are given an airing by the on stage family as they bond together in an air raid shelter before evacuation takes place. Whilst the mother makes sure they each have sandwiches and are drilled not to speak to strangers the father embraces the harsher reality; the children’s stuff is all name-tagged for identification in case the train is bombed. In the theatre foyer authentic material from the era is displayed, such as a signed pledge not to drink during the war. This echoes the sentiment of the show in that Churchill educated the Brits that every small battle was important. The mother recycles old wool to knit new jumpers for her children to do her bit. The evacuees do not settle in too well with the rural lifestyle and after a while they consider going back to their home in Coventry. How much of it will be standing on their return nobody knows.