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Those awful Egyptians are being brought back to life for a live performance of Horrible Histories. The ABC kids' show is over from the UK for a weekend of gruesome, gross-out facts. So get your kids off Wikipedia and have them learn all about the ancient pharaohs and mummification with the help of 3D goggles and on-stage actors.

Time Out Sydney's eight-year-old theatre critic, Bill Blake reviews Horrible Histories: Awful Egyptians Live at Sydney Opera House

Horrible Histories on stage is nothing like the TV show. For starters, it was a lot longer, almost two hours. But that wasn’t a problem, I really enjoyed it all the way through. Secondly, the TV show presents lots of facts in funny sketches. This show actually has a story.

It’s about Professor Storey, a world famous explorer, who robs a statuette of Ramsses II from a museum. Apparently, the statuette has Ramsses’s spirit in it and he’s not happy. Professor Storey and his crazy assistant Bill, and a schoolgirl Maisie, get teleported 3,000 years back in time to ancient Egypt. Professor Storey and Ramsses argue throughout the show about whether Egypt was the greatest civilisation in history or not.

I liked the 3D effects. Everyone in the audience wore ‘bogglevision’ glasses in the second half of the show. Rocks, mummies and other bizarre objects flew into our faces. People were covering their faces. When the 3D dust went all over the audience, kids started coughing. But there was nothing there. That was funny.

I hated the singing. They are good singers but the songs were pitched at pre-schoolers. The ‘Mummy Rap’ was distracting. It made you look at the singers instead of seeing Ramsses actually wrapping the mummy.

All the facts are easy to understand. Anyone who knows the basic history of Egypt will love it. If you don’t know, then it will all be explained. One of the funniest bits was the mummy’s journey to the afterlife where he had to face a series of stupid tests. Another funny bit was Isis collecting all the dead body pieces of her husband Osiris.  There was only one bit she didn’t find… but that would be adults-only. This show was PG.

The show is medium horrible. Not too gross. I recommend it for kids who read or watch Horrible Histories. I also recommend it for kids who don’t mind a bit of blood and gore!

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Horrible Histories: Awful Egyptians details

219 Exhibition St, Melbourne 3000

Telephone 03 8643 3300

Nearby Stations: Flinders Street; Parliament; Melbourne Central

Price $29.00 to $69.00

Date 19 Jul 2013-21 Jul 2013

Open Fri noon & 7pm; Sat 10.30am, 2.30pm & 7pm; Sun 2pm

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