Chucker and Mucker are friends for life. Growing up in Halifax in the 80’s and 90’s, the two friends following their own paths gives us the story of The Historians. Coming from similar backgrounds and born “in the same hospital at the exact same time” the show follows the two girls from birth into adulthood and shows how the choices we make and those that are made for us affect our lives.
This is a well-put-together production. However it took me a little while to get into the rhythm of the play, but once in I was content to stay. The story spans a long period, and the pair showed this well with the use of their basic set and, at times, each other as props. The main body of the story is based during the Thatcher era, which translates well in this era of recession.
Both actresses showed diversity in the roles and were easy to relate to, whether you come from Halifax or not. The play is not a gritty as it could be, considering some of the issues covered (death, prison, teenage pregnancy), but the show is easy to watch and thoroughly enjoyable.
The Historians, Underbelly, 4th-28th August (not 17th), 12.05pm
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