12:48PM, Monday 09 July 2018
Do you like mysteries? Do you like historical inaccuracies? Do you prefer Thomas More to Roger Moore?
Take a trip back in time to the 16th century for a live mockumentary that aims to uncover the century's greatest mysteries, monsters and inaccuracies in an abstract foray into the world of Tudor London.
Expect multi-rolling, homemade sound effects and ill-judged references to Anne Boleyn’s extra finger.
Mystery-hunters Olive and Teddy become embroiled with witches, haunted houses, and the scent of Cardinal Wolsey’s conscience.
Imagine The Woman In Black meets Key Stage Two Tudor history. Great British Mysteries is a comedy oddity from the brains and faces of Will Close and Rose Robinson, directed by Joe Hancock.
Will and Rose make up one half of award-winning sketch act Mixed Doubles, as heard on BBC Radio 4.
Rose was also a Funny Women Finalist in 2016.
It enjoyed a sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 before transferring to the Soho Theatre.
Will said: “In the first one we covered the Loch Ness monster and that went down really well. But we thought we try a different century and thought Henry VIII and the witch trials and all this sort of thing would make for some great subject matter.”
The duo open the show with a brief recap of the history of the period accompanied by a Blur soundtrack.
Will said he was heavily influenced by shows such as BrassEye and Time Trumpet and their ability to satirise past and current events and where renowned for being silly, weird but well observed.
“We had to do a lot of research. You soon realise how little knowledge there was back then in comparison so the world was generally more of a mystery.
“The language and words were used were different so there’s a few running gags about that.”
So prepare to be mildly unnerved while investigating monsters, myths and Noel Edmonds.
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