How To Win Against History
A fierce, hilarious, tragi-gorgeous, ripped-up new musical - presented by Áine Flanagan Productions, Seiriol Davies and the Young Vic, and co-presented as part of Tobacco Factory Theatres BEYOND
Henry Cyril Paget was one of the Earth’s wealthiest men, until he lost it all by being too damn fabulous. 5th Marquis of Anglesey blew his family’s colossal fortune on diamond frocks, lilac-dyed poodles and putting on simply amazing plays to which nobody came, causing a very 19th century scandal. His fabulous flame burned brightly, briefly and transvestitely until he died at just 29, after which his outraged family destroyed every record of him ever having had existed.
Seiriol Davies’s fierce, hilarious, tragi-gorgeous, ripped-up new musical is a true story of being too weird for the world but desperately not wanting it to forget you. A frothy, glossy costume drama musical about expectations, manliness, disappointment and the stories we tell to convince ourselves it’s all going well, and the moments we realise it’s not.
How To Win Against History was the solid gold, sparkly-diamond-studded hit of Edinburgh Fringe 2016.
“A work of genius.”
★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph
“Gleeful, ludicrous – a larky collision of Gilbert & Sullivan and Monty Python.”
★★★★ Time Out
★★★★★ What’s On Stage
WINNER: The Stage Edinburgh Award & Broadway Baby Bobby
Seiriol Davies is a composer, writer and performer from Anglesey, Wales. He trained with Thomas Prattki at LISPA, and has made work with companies like Punchdrunk, You Need Me, One Tenth Human, Giant Bird, Kristin Fredricksson & Beady Eye, Rififi and Boileroom, with whom he won the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award. “Mess”, which he created with Caroline Horton & Co, premiered at the Traverse, Edinburgh in 2012, winning awards including The Stage Award for Acting Excellence and an Argus Angel. He was Cyril Millions in the cult retro-punk time-travelling music hall act Underbling & Vow, wrote and performed with Weimar-glam art band Temper Temper and was a founder member of the Brighton-based performance collective Beatabet.
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