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Twisted Tales

1 hr 30min |  Recommended age: 7-13

Have a professional theatre production, which toured major venues in the UK, visit your school!

A great opportunity to engage students 7 to 13 in a range of historical events from the 1348 plague to the victorians.

Immersive, educational and fun. 


Terry Deary is an award-winning British children's author. Having created over 200 books like Horrible Histories, selling over 25 million copies in over 40 languages, he is back with a new original comedy!


Based on a true story centred around a man called Mr Pimm. He was appointed to organise York's ragged school. Think of Mr Pimm less of a teacher, more of a child-catcher! Based at Bedern Hall, this school was an orphanage and workhouse combined known as the 'York Industrial Ragged School'. The setting for our show.


Watch how Mr Pimm battles against all odds to teach his pesky pupils a thing or two with hilarious consequences in the quest to discover, 'can the past tell the future?' Full of unexpected highs and lows, quick costume changes and sharp wit, enjoy these twisted tales of times gone by in one wild whirlwind that will leave you rolling around with laughter!


See if you think you would have what it takes to survive the Black Death, join a peasant revolt, meet a scary baby farmer and lots more! Watch as three actors take on around 100 roles in as many minutes. This educational and entertaining show explores British history from the Plantagenets through to the Victorians in one wild ride. This journey focuses less on nobles and more on the complex and exciting ordinary person. The true heroes of history are not the conquering kings, the winning warriors or the empire builders. They are the peasant.

Areas covered:

  • Plantagenets: Black Death, Peasants' Revolt.

  • Tudors: Henry VIII, Francis Drake.

  • Stuarts: Great Plague 1666.

  • Hanoverians: Cauld Lad of Hylton, bodysnatchers, French Revolution.

  • Victorians: Baby farmers, workhouses, schools.

Values covered:

  • Compassion

  • Courage

  • Generosity

  • Hope

  • Humility

  • Justice

  • Perseverance

  • Respect

  • Service

  • Thankfulness

  • Trust

  • Truthfulness

  • Wisdom

Target age group: 7 to 13 (although adults have enjoyed this too!).

Genre: Comedy. 

Length: 100 minutes approximately..

Number of performers: 3 professional performers who are drama school trained and/or have extensive professional experience. 

Number of technicians: 1 sound/lighting operator.

Audience size limits: There are no limits to the number of students and teachers seeing the show. If they can fit into the space, they can watch.

Stage requirements: If you have a stage, we will look to use that. However, we are an adaptable bunch, so we usually find a way if this is not possible.

Additional to the show: Q & A session included. 

Price: £1788 plus VAT for one show.

£2235 plus VAT for 2 shows on the same day.

Other multi-show deals are available. See below how working together with other schools can help to reduce the cost of shows.

Deposit: £150 plus VAT is required to secure the booking. This is per booking and not per show. For example, book ten shows at the same time and a deposit of £150 plus VAT will be due. To find out more about us and how we manage our business relationship with you, please take a look at our frequently asked questions.

Workshops: available upon request at an additional cost. We will tailor the workshop to your needs. Get in touch to discuss this further.

Work together!


Why not share the experience with another school?


We aim to balance the welfare of our performers with the economic pressures schools face. If you team up with another local school, we will split the cost of the shows evenly. Each school gets a competitive price whilst ensuring our team is appropriately cared for.


We have two clauses to be aware of in this scenario:

  1. The shows must take place on the same day. For example, on 25th June a performance will take place in the morning at School A. Then, a show will take place in the afternoon at School B.

  2. Each school needs to be within 5 miles of each other. Should the distance be greater than 5 miles, we will consider the situation and decide on a case-by-case basis.


This would cost each school £1117.50 plus VAT for one show. A saving of £670.50 plus VAT compared to ordering a single performance independently. 


How is that possible? We can make transport and accommodation efficiencies by having the shows take place on the same day. There is a negligible difference between the cost of having two shows at one school on the same day and one show at two schools on the same day (as long as the schools are not too far apart). We create a cost-efficiency that benefits all parties. 


No doubt you have questions. We are here to help. We are also here to support and facilitate the arrangement between us. Reach out to discuss your ideas, and let's work together. Together everyone achieves more.

What next?

Send an email to with your preferences and requirements, including any dates that would work best for you. One of our team will help you from there.

Looking for something to engage your pupils now? Meet some characters from the past with Terry Deay's Talking Deads series. Access these videos for free by following this link to our webpage here. Or, head to the education section of our website.

Have a question? Head over to our Frequently Asked Questions page using the button below or send us an email to

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