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The history of just about everything

By: stagedoorscribbler - February 10, 2018

Dr sam Willis and Professor James Daybell

We’re so pleased that historical adventurer Dr Sam Willis and Professor of early-modern British History at Plymouth University, James Daybell, have teamed up with Clive Conway Productions to tour a rather special show. 

Their Histories of the Unexpected will find this remarkable pair exploring the past in ways that you never dreamt possible. This is a show that demonstrates how everything – and we really mean everything – has a history. 

Sam and James believe that the history of the itch, the history of crawling, the history of clouds, or of lightning or of zombies or zebras or holes or perfume or rubbish, all have fascinating histories of their own. And those  histories have the power to change the way that we think about the past...and the present.

The doc and the prof engage in an unpredictable, absorbing and emotional rampage through the stuff of everyday life. Based on one of the world’s most popular history podcasts, Histories of the Unexpected has been adapted for the stage by the award-winning playwright, Daniel Jamieson.

Jameson has previously received critical acclaim for adaptations of the works of Charles Dickens, Graham Greene and Michael Morpurgo.

Expect vita be educated, amused and amazed. Our good friend the TV historian Dan Snow describes Histories off the Unexpected as : “History as you’ve never seen it before.” Watch out for Dr sam Willis and Professor James Daybell appearing at a venue near you.