Get Happy - Outdoor performances Summer 2020

Get Happy is going outdoors this summer! Read more

Black Lives Matter

We commit to supporting Black Lives Matter and playing our part in challenging the power base of British theatre. Read more

Heard by an idiot

In theatre music can be a seductive and powerful element, and can make poor material appear stronger than it actually is. We don’t rush to include music but try to let it in gradually, as ever remaining conscious of juxtaposition and surprise. I thought I would share ten iconic tracks that have featured in our work over the past twenty seven years. Enjoy. Read more

Naomi Wilkinson Award for Stage Design

Created to honour a friend, collaborator and extraordinary designer. Read more

Assistant Director Placement Programme

The opportunities we offer to early career Directors. Read more

Funded and Subsidised Workshop Places

We offer funded places on workshops, help in support costs and pay-what-you-can places. Read more


Our approach is one of openness, playfulness, curiosity, and provocation. We make theatre for everyone and we include everyone. We take the work seriously but never ourselves, and we are passionate about our comedy. Come and join us. Read more

The Trip

‘Don’t worry about mistakes there aren’t any’ Miles Davis Read more

Thought by an Idiot

A collection of musings on theatre in lockdown from our Artistic Director, Paul Hunter Read more

Idiot Show Archive

your opportunity to see archived Idiot shows Read more

Idiots in Isolation

As we all live through these extraordinary times of constraint, we have put together an exciting programme of activity that responds to our current sense of isolation and allows  people to continue to engage with our work digitally. Read more

Top 10 Films that inspire the Idiots

Film has always been a seminal influence on our work, we are fascinated by movies but we’ve never sought to imitate them. Over the past twenty seven years we have created performances that explore the ways in which film uses visual storytelling, rhythm, music, editing, and ambiguity. Here are ten movies that have left their mark on Told by an Idiot, and which we think are worth having a look at during these days of quarantine. Read more

Associate Company: AUGMENTED

AUGMENTED: A new play written and performed by Sophie Woolley and Directed by Rachel Bagshaw. Read more

Technical Week at Theatre Royal Plymouth

The introduction of silent film captions, lighting, quick changes and happy accidents! Read more

Dom Baker

Video Designer for 'The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel' Read more

Amalia Vitale on being an actor that doesn’t speak…much. At least not in a normal way.

Amalia Vitale shares her interest in working with linguistic restrictions, voicing Lula in the new Shaun the Sheep film Farmageddon, and the joys of playing Charlie Chaplin in 'The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel'. Read more

Week 5: crafting and refining the physicality and narrative

This week has been about working in detail, starting and stopping scenes and sequences and really looking for the most economic way to tell the story... we've reached the final week of rehearsals! Read more

Week 4: Taking risks and not tiring, even up to the final minute

'Every actor in the cast is a brilliant improvisor and they complement each other in a unique dynamism. I notice they are “yes and” actors. I watch them trying different options and taking risks throughout the day, not tiring even up to the final minute.' Welcome to week 4 of rehearsals... Read more


We regularly deliver unique, career-enhancing workshops for early career and established theatre makers throughout the year. Read more