Terry Deary's Twisted Tales

Sunday 26 June 2022
  • Start time: 3:00 pm
  • Running time: 1hr 30mins

Tickets from: £15.50*

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Discover a new past, our past! The past they never taught you at school.

See if you think you would have what it takes to survive the Black Death, join a peasant revolt, meet a scary baby farmer and lots more!

Watch as three actors take on around 100 roles in as many minutes.

This educational and entertaining show explores British history from the Plantagenets through to the Victorians in one wild ride. This journey focuses less on nobles and more on the complex and exciting ordinary person. The true heroes of history are not the conquering kings, the winning warriors or the empire builders. They are the peasants.

Based on a true story centred around a man called Mr Pimm. He was appointed to organise York's ragged school. Think of Mr Pimm less of a teacher, more of a child-catcher! Based at Bedern Hall, this school was an orphanage and workhouse combined known as the 'York Industrial Ragged School'. The setting for our show.

Watch how Mr Pimm battles against all odds to teach his pesky pupils a thing or two with hilarious consequences in the quest to discover, 'can the past tell the future?' Full of unexpected highs and lows, quick costume changes and sharp wit, enjoy these twisted tales of times gone by in one wild whirlwind that will leave you rolling around with laughter!


This brand new original comedy play was written by Terry Deary, author of Horrible Histories. Co-directed by Andrew Alton and James Tanton.


Nominated for Best Directing (2017) & Best Regional Production (2019) WhatsOnStage Awards

Mr Pimm, a Victorian schoolteacher, battles against all odds to teach his pesky pupils. With hilarious consequences, join them in the quest to discover, 'can the past really tell the future?’. With over 100 characters, original songs and a whole host of twisted tales of times gone by. Terry Deary’s Twisted Tales will have the whole family caught in a wild whirlwind that will leave you rolling around with laughter!

“The team work tirelessly to provide us with quality and accessible entertainment for all ages.” Arts Resource UK

About the author Terry Deary

Terry Deary is an award-winning British children's author of over 200 books, selling over 33 million copies in 45 languages. Terry is best known for the Horrible Histories series and is one of Britain's best-selling authors and the tenth most-borrowed authors in British libraries.


Tickets prices per person - 

Adults £19.75

Children under 16 & over 60s  £17.75

Family tickets (minimum 3 people must include 1 adult) £15.50




* Ticket prices include a Theatre Support Fee when booking via our Box Office and online. No other charges are applied.