Stuck on a Christmas present for your loved one? How about the chance to unleash their creativity and inner Idiot? We’re thrilled to announce THE PASSION OF THE IDIOT: a season of exciting workshops taking place next year in the run up to our new show at the Royal Exchange, The Ghost Train.Our season will examine three essential elements that lie at the heart of the company’s work: collaboration (in this case, with a writer), the skill and imagination of the performer and the influence of Commedia dell’ Arte. Special discounts available to members and for those who book for more than one workshop! Click here to find out more: http://www.toldbyanidiot.org/offers/Read more
El Pais review of My Perfect Mind, Barcelona
01 dec, 2014
Petherbridge is nearing 80 but here he is, on-site and touring, offering with his friend and colleague this watermark which is one of the jewels of the season. My Perfect Mind exudes humour, at times surreal and dizzying, but also emotion, held back only to explode with greater force in his dialogue with Cordelia, the penultimate moment of clarity for Lear. In this moment the huge actor resurfaces, in the way he sits, in the extension of his hands on his thighs, and he begins to talk with his daughter; here is concentrated all his majesty and magnetism.
The power of Hunter also shines, able to go move in a nanosecond from farce to the lightest of brushstrokes, as when he shows us the desolation in the eyes of Petherbridge's mother, also victim of a stroke which left her speechless and helpless whilst pregnant with her son.
Petherbridge wrote the text of My Perfect Mind with Paul Hunter and Kathryn Hunter (no relation), who also directs. Kathryn Hunter is the extraordinary actress who drew applause some weeks before in The Valley of Astonishment at the Canal Theatre. Both pieces peek into the depths of the mind, both extract humour and the poetry of pain, both are lessons in courage. I said earlier that Nabokov would have like the premise (and the games) of My Perfect Mind; it is no less fair to finish by saying that Peter Brook would have celebrated this staging.
We have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Producer (maternity cover) to join the company for 2015! You would assist in the administration and management of all our company activity; our tours, our marketing and the future planning of our productions. The role is 3 days a week and starts from 12th January 2015. Are you interested? Do you know anyone that would be? Deadline for applications: 12pm Friday 14th November 2014. Interviews: Tuesday 18th November 2014 For the job description and application pack please email Jenni Grainger (Executive Producer) on firstname.lastname@example.org or call and talk to us about it on 0207 407 4123.
Support our Fun Palace
19 sep, 2014
We're creating a Fun Palace with Deafinitely Theatre and RADA and we'd love your support. Check it out HERE!
Although My Perfect Mind was reviewed by most the first time round, there's a few new ones for us to brag about this week! ...... 'a delightful show... a gleeful 90 minutes. You’re in luck. If you love theatre, you should catch it' http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/my-perfect-mind-young-vic-the-10659Read more
Here's a little insight from our associate director for My Perfect Mind about how rehearsals have gone this week, and there's more to come... 'Today the ‘My Perfect Mind’ team were back in the rehearsal room, a week before going into tech at the Young Vic. We welcomed back the rake with a warm up including fruit games and calf stretches. Paul Hunter’s fourteen characters paraded back into the room and Edward and Paul performed the 'silent movie' version of ‘My Perfect Mind’ - everything - but without a single word… which was then followed by a radio play version, where Paul and Edward sat hidden from us behind the thunder sheet, except for the feet dangling below… (spot them on the photo). The performance is finding its feet again and it's so great to be back into the same creative, questioning, embracing rehearsal room with a dedicated energetic team.' Mia Theil Have, associate directorRead more
Told by an Idiot and RADA
07 aug, 2014
What's this? Told by an Idiot and RADA have gone in to radio together! Have a listen to us revisiting our 2003 production I'm A Fool To Want You with RADA through the medium of radio!
Oooo, we got a JPEG today for our OFFIE nomination. http://www.offwestend.com/index.php/pages/the_offies. We're up for the TBC award for 'Productions that Defy Traditional Categories'. The Idiots, the cast and the crew of Never Try This At Home couldn't be more chuffed.Read more
We have a new Idiot! Welcome to Amanda our Participation Manager. Amanda will be leading on all things Taught by an Idiot, so if you have any workshop questions, she's your girl!
Check out RSC Education Director and Told by an Idiot Board Member Jacqui O'Hanlon talking about new waves in educational theatre, with a nice mention to 'top calibre' Told by an Idiot in there too... http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/apr/22/education-theatre-royal-shakespeare-company-royal-court?CMP=new_1194Read more
10 apr, 2014
In honour of Never Try This At Home, pie madness has begun to rain down all over the streets of London. Prepare to be #pied and watch this space!
The Idiots need you!
26 mar, 2014
We're hunting for a young emerging band to play with us during our run of Never Try This At Home at Soho theatre. You just need to be in some form of education, be able to get to Soho theatre in the evenings and entertain a crowd.
Whant more information? Then email email@example.com or call 02074074123.
Actor Dudley Rees chats about the last week of rehearsals for Never Try This At Home
25 feb, 2014
Great news everybody. After 4 weeks of labour, the Never Try This At Home ensemble has birthed a new play. Father Carl Grose and Paediatrician Paul Hunter have been beautifully supportive. What’s the gender? I don’t know, this analogy has gone too far already.
We now upheave from the safety of rehearsal room 2 and make our way into the unknown, the actual theatre. Tech week, costume and live baked beans.
What makes a good custard pie? Not too solid as to become a dangerous missile, not too liquid as to require a bowl. For all their comedy, once the pies have been thrown they become quite beautiful. The next morning, they’ve formed a sort of soapy snowflake. A ghost of comedy past.
'Told by an Idiot have become one of the most lovably idiosyncratic theatre companies working in the UK' ... Here's a wonderful 40 minute insight in the Idiots, and our creative process, over the last 21 years. Let us know if you have any more questions! http://www.theatrevoice.com/10934/told-by-an-idiot-celebrate-their-21st-birthday/#.Uwxr_79qILx.twitterRead more
Membership launch offer
19 feb, 2014
To celebrate our new membership scheme we're offering members who sign up by the end of February FREE tickets to see our new show! You can't ask for more than that. Head HERE for more info.
Polly Tisdall, our AD chats about final week of rehearsals for Never Try This At Home
24 feb, 2014
So that's it. The final week of rehearsals is over and tomorrow the tech begins. The band will join us on Wednesday night and we open on Thursday! It's going to be quite a week... As well as creating new material, we've been cutting stuff too. It really is 'kill your darlings' time and even some great moments that we have all loved have had to go because they're no longer pulling their weight. Interestingly, some material that appeared strong in week one just doesn't compare to the material we're creating now in week four and we're all being pretty ruthless, none more so than Paul. If we've said it or shown before, it goes. It's a ninety minute show and only the best stuff stays - and it doesn't get repeated... And I suppose that's how it is with good theatre. It's great, it's alive and then it's gone. It doesn't get recorded, or, if it does, it's never the same as being in the room with the performers and with the audience in that moment. A big burst of energy and then, that's it. No repeats, particularly when the action changes every night. We're only at Birmingham Rep for two and a half weeks and then, via Sheffield, Edinburgh and Soho, it's all over by the end of April. So you know what I'm saying: Come and have a laugh while you can.
AD Polly Tisdall talks Never Try This At Home rehearsals, week 3!
18 feb, 2014
Week Three has gone like that. Run throughs, notes, scene edits, a new script, baked beans and bang we're approaching our final week of rehearsals. The beans were quite a moment. Suddenly the slapstick horror has entered new territory. Watching Petra Massey strip down to her underwear, cover herself in Heinz's finest and crouch, fists out and teeth bared on a table, I'm suddenly getting echoes of The Bacchae. It's funny, but it's simultaneously haunting; a glimpse of unhinged, unharnessed, fundamental female rage. Who would have thought that this pie-infested production would owe so much to Greek tragedy?
15 feb, 2014
Told by an Idiot and RADA announce new ASSOCIATION
Told by an Idiot has embarked on an innovative new creative association with the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). With Told by an Idiot now a Creative Associate of RADA and based at RADA’s Chenies Street studios, the two organisations will have a mutually beneficial relationship; with opportunities including students being involved in R&D weeks of new Told by an Idiot projects and gaining experience on productions, as well as further learning and sharing prospects. The relationship is part of Taught by an Idiot, Told by an Idiot’s participation initiative.
15 feb, 2014
We've launched our new website - hoorah! Take a journey through the Idiot's world...
Hayley and Paul chat about...
17 feb, 2014
Hayley Carmichael and Paul Hunter: We set up Told by an Idiot to explore the human condition by revelling in a style of theatre that is bigger than life. 21 years on, that ambition remains at the heart of our practice. We continue to create diverse shows through a devising process that we remain passionate about, to experiment with form, and to grow from our relationships with a wealth of collaborators and participants. We are thrilled that over the past 21 years, our co-producers and audiences have come to trust our company and its constantly surprising creations.
The Idiot's are busy...
15 feb, 2014
2014 sees Told by an Idiot turn 21 with a world premiere, the revival of My Perfect Mind, new partnerships and pie-flinging. The company was founded in 1993 and has since established an international reputation for its comic and startlingly original productions. Twenty-one years and twenty six shows on, we are premiering Never Try This At Home and reviving My Perfect Mind. Off-stage, we’re celebrating our new association with leading drama school RADA, and have just launched our new website and membership scheme! For pie-flinging, see our special 21st Birthday film on this page.