Ensonglopedia of British History

The entire history of Britain, in alphabetical and chronological order.

Ensonglopedia of British History premiered at Brighton Fringe in May 2019. Expect the unexpected.  And expect it to rhyme.

BACKGROUND

Ensonglopedia of British History is the third full-length Ensonglopedia show.

TARGET AUDIENCE

The show will be enjoyed by all ages from 7 to adult, and is suitable for a wide range of performance settings, including theatres, schools, science festivals and village halls.  A shortened version is offered to schools, aimed at upper KS2 and KS3.

THE SHOW

Ensonglopedia of British History recounts the major events in our island’s history, from the point of view of a character who lives forever and does their best to provide for themselves and their family amid political turmoil, disease, industrialisation, and everything else that history has to throw at them.

This is not your usual trundle through Kings, Queens and prime ministers.  This is history as lived by the common man and woman, armed with little more than a guitar and a sense of humour.

CRITICAL RECEPTION

“The brilliance of this show is that it is pitched perfectly, so that younger audience members have plenty to amuse them…[the] adults have plenty to admire in the lyrics… The songs are fantastically clever… His use of language, particularly the choice of rhymes, will delight anyone with even the vaguest interest in words.” ★★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

“What a treat for us all! The kids were enthralled – sword fights, dance moves, protests, foolishness. What could be better than that? Thanks, John, for a brilliant show.” MISS EAGLE – DITCHLING PRIMARY SCHOOL

“It was absolutely nice.” PUPIL AT DITCHLING PRIMARY SCHOOL

EXPERTS

The following organisations and individuals have kindly fact-checked the show’s history content, as well as helping in various other ways:

  • The University of Sussex
  • National Trust
  • English Heritage
  • Historic England
  • University of Durham

PERFORMANCES

See our full tour list for upcoming performances.