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The Complete History of the World (abridged)

...well - most of it...

script £33 | songs £14*

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The whole of history in 90 minutes!
Without the boring bits!

Did you know?

Babylonian builders were afraid of falling elephants.
Pythagoras wanted to be a cabaret singer.
The Vikings thought Greenland was boring.
Captain Cook discovered the Isle of Wight.
The greatest technological development of recent times was the edible tissue.

Join Old Father Time and Bruce Fortuna as they guide you through scenes depicting life for the Sumerians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Vikings and Aztecs; life in Renaissance Italy; life as an explorer; life in the Workhouse. See the early days of some inventions that shape our modern lives.

This amazing show is guaranteed to be an education as well as an entertainment.
With music this show runs at about 90 minutes and is suitable for children aged from 9 to 13.

A Recent Review:

Just wanted to let you know that I directed your play on Friday night (performed by my Year 5 and 6 children) and it was a huge success – lots of really positive comments from parents who really appreciated the humour, a truly unique play! The jokes were great, songs thoughtful and we all thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. My only problem now is, what will I do next year? This play will be a really tough act to follow! With heartfelt thanks and congratulations on a super piece of originality.

Caroline Candia - Oakwood Independent School, Surrey

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This show has 8 songs...

  • History
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Games
  • Religious Studies
  • Art & Science
  • Geography
  • Design Technology
  • The CD contains 16 tracks - each of the songs is recorded with and without a guide vocal. The vocal version will help the children learn the song and the plain backing track can be used for the actual performance.

    Cast: 50 speaking parts, but with doubling up it is quite feasible that this play could be performed by as few as 16 (very busy) people.

    An extract from scene 9 - The Age of Exploration

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    You can also read the Babylonian scene by clicking here

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    Ravenbeard Productions Limited

    In July 2011 The Complete History of the World (abridged) was performed in Portuguese at the Conservatory of Music and Arts of Dão. The play was produced by Antonio Leal and translated by Sandra Leal. The staging was epic compared to my original production in 2010. Here are some photos and a video of História Completa do Mundo (abreviada).
    Hist01 hist02 hist03
    The Complete History in Portuguese The Sumerians Father Time
    Hist05 Hist06
    At school with Pythagoras They used Vasco da Gama rather than Captain Cook (Literacy)
    Hist07 Hist08 Hist09
    The Babylonians - love the gardens on their heads Leonardo da Vinci and student Vasco da Gama arrives
    Hist11 Hist12 Hist14
    The Roman gladiator school Pythagoras and students Making a song and dance of it