Join Sam Willis, presenter of BBC’s The Silk Road and Invasion!, and James Daybell, one of the country’s leading professors of history, as they show us a new way to think about the past.
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.
The show is based on the duo's podcast and book of the same name, and has been adapted for a live audience by Daniel Jamieson, one of the country’s leading playwrights.
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.
‘History As You’ve Never Seen it Before’ (Dan Snow)
‘It’s Genius’ (Paul Ross, Talk Radio)
‘Fun, witty, and fast-paced, you’ll enjoy this innovative approach to telling history’ (BBC History Weekend)