James Daybell and Sam Willis – Histories of the Unexpected LIVE


February 11, 2019


“It’s Genius…” – Paul Ross, Talk Radio

“History as you’ve never seen it before” – Dan Snow

“Fun, witty, and fast-paced, you’ll enjoy this innovative approach to telling history” – BBC History Weekend

From the presenter of the BBC’s The Silk Road and Invasion! working with one of the country’s leading professors of history comes a new way to think about the past…Histories of the Unexpected is…A show that demonstrates how everything has a history, even the most unexpected of subjects, and how everything links together in unexpected ways.

Our podcast and book has been adapted for a live audience by Daniel Jamieson, one of the country’s leading playwrights.

Histories of the Unexpected LIVE is an exciting new show that demonstrates how everything has a history, even the most unexpected of subjects, and how those subjects link together in unexpected ways. What links together the Titanic, Pompeii, Neolithic cave painting, Victorian perfumes, electrical experiments on the human face, Charles I, Mary Queen of Scots, scalping, Elizabeth I, Nelson, Henry VIII, Proust, Hiroshima, the Duke of Wellington, slavery, scarification, Glaswegian gangs, Darwin, Shakespeare, mutiny, chimneys, a skull, a seventeenth century map of the world, shoes and gloves?

Well you’ll just have to come to find out… You will never think about the past – or the present – in the same way ever again. Guaranteed.

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