The actress chatted to LLLC’s Emma Clarendon about Horrible Christmas coming to London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre and what audiences can expect from the show…
Hi Laura thanks so much for talking to me. What can we expect from Horrible Christmas? My pleasure! You can expect sooo much. You get to feel all festive and it adds to the excitement of the season. You can expect lots of laughs, lots of adventure, whilst learning so much as you joyride through the history of Christmas.
How would you say it differs from other Horrible History productions? Mainly it’s all about Christmas so it has that real festive feel, there are still the fun jokes songs and dances that people love about the Horrible Histories brand but there’s a real narrative too, and the kids can all connect with the main character as he is a child from the modern world, so they can feel like they truly are part of the show, which we love.
Have you a favourite moment in the show? I think it has to be the Puritans scene, just because I love the song so much. I don’t want to give too much away but it goes from the Puritans being very very controlled to something a bit more fun!
Why would you say the Horrible History books make for great stage shows? Because they are so funny, I love the style of comedy it allows you to perform. It’s just silly, and also you get to learn whilst you’re having fun. History should be taught like this. It’s like Monty Python for a family audience, and that’s what I’m most proud of about these shows is that they aren’t just for kids. We always have parents and adult audience members laughing so much and saying how much they love it. If kids can love the shows so much, it means they are happy learning too, which is a double win!
What do you think that young audiences will enjoy the most about Horrible Christmas? I think they will enjoy the panto-esque style to the show. We flip Christmas on it’s head by having a naughty or ‘horrible’ Santa and Rudolph so the kids get to boo and hiss at them. They essentially steal Christmas, and it then becomes a huge adventure for the main character to save Christmas, and who doesn’t want to save Christmas??!! They will love the comedy, songs and story, it has heart. You know what, they will love it all!
With Christmas creeping up on us – what is your favourite thing about Christmas? Well, my birthday is the day before Christmas Eve, so for me, this is the time of year when I get to have all the fun, all the parties, and all the prezzies! Ha! Mainly I just love being together with family and friends and being a little over indulgent! It is the most wonderful time of the year as they say!
By Emma Clarendon