Review: How To Win Against History

Áine Flanagan Productions
Assembly George Square,  Aug 9-13, 15-27

4 Stars (4 / 5)

The best part of How To Win Against History is that it is based on a true story. Henry Cyril Paget was indeed an aristocrat who cross-dressed, whose flamboyance was recognised, and who eventually died in debt in Monte Carlo. This story is not only worth reading about on Wikipedia but will surely be more enjoyable as a theatrical experience presented by Áine Flanagan Productions’.

The audience is treated to Paget’s biography through numerous musical numbers encompassing a wide vocal range and up to three-part harmony, solely accompanied by a keyboard onstage. It is a pity that a good portion of the music was drowned out by the audience’s laughter and applause. One of the best moments of the play is the appearance of a troll personified as a Daily Mail reporter.

You couldn’t make this shit up, but with Áine Flanagan Productions’ level of creativity, it seems like anything might be possible.