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How To Win Against History (Áine Flanagan Productions and Seiriol Davies present)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2017

Henry Cyril Paget, fifth Marquis of Anglesey and inveterate cross-dresser, lived a rather disastrous life, whose brevity was matched only by how desperately unsuited he was for every aspect of it. Fortunately, he lives again in Seiriol Davies’ delightful musical, which is both a dazzling technical achievement akin to Gilbert and Sullivan, and one of the most gleefully silly things you could hope to see. The jokes are fast, the rhymes faster, and it’s all bound up in a genuinely fascinating history lesson (that winged helmet is more historically accurate than you might think). Davies, as the Marquis, is ably supported by Matthew Blake and Dylan Townley – the three consummate performers tackle these tricky lyrics and harmonies with aplomb.

Assembly George Square Gardens, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Jon Stapley]