"Political comedy worthy of Brecht"
by Owen Kingston for remotegoat on 13/07/18

It's not every day that you find a theatre company that delivers exactly what they say they do on their tin. The Heretical Historians make it their business to seek out little absurdly wonderful details of history, and then present them in an easily accessible and enjoyable manner - their maxim being that "Real life can be more remarkable than invented tales".

Their latest show, "We Own Everything" does exactly this and more. Following the life of Nathan Rothschild, this group of anarachic performers manage to make a very complicated tale of politics, international relations and investment banking into something interesting, accessible and very very enjoyable.

Welcoming on arrival with a glass of fizz, this bubbly production opens with a bang. The Heretical Historians are a high energy company and "We Own Everything" zips along at a ferocious pace. The effect is equal parts Brecht at his most politically insightful, and Monty Python at their most hillarious. By explaining and representing the historical detail using modern equivalents, the material remains accessible for those with little historical knowledge, but the blisteringly witty script is layered with in-jokes for the history nerds as well.

Each one of this talented ensemble gives a captivating performance, from Lloyd McDonagh's hilarious King George III to Jahmai Maasai's brooding Nathan Rothschild, but the real star of the show is the writing. This company have taken a hugely complicated story and told it phenomenally well. Given the many conspiracy theories surrounding the Rothschild family, it is impressive that they take us on such a surprising journey of discovery, leading us to a highly unexpected conclusion.

In a theatrical marketplace where companies are scrambling to produce 'on message' and 'on trend' political and social commentary, the Heretical Historians truly live up to their name, bravely and honestly reassessing history and daring to explore how every man seeks power and how power changes every man.

There is a mature and muscular voice at the heart of this company, amplified by a delightfully anarchic and deliciously talented ensemble whose collaboration is hugely endearing. Their work deserves a much wider audience.

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