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: 1 hour, 40 minutes.

Number of performers: 3.

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: £1099 plus VAT per show. Multi-show deals are available. A deposit of £150 plus VAT is required to secure the booking. Find out more about how we manage our commercial relationship with you by having a look at our FAQs.


Workshops are available upon request at an additional cost. 

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.

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