Based on Told by an Idiot’s adaptation of the Argentinian short story ‘Shoot me in the heart’  

2pm - 6pm on Zoom  

Saturday 4th December 2021 

Led by Associate Idiot, Stephen Harper 

*This workshop is now fully booked, to be added to the waiting list please email [email protected]*


Are you a director, teacher or facilitator interested in honing your adaptation, devising and ensemble skills?  

Drawing on a wealth of experience in creating innovative and playful productions, this workshop will share ideas about how to approach a creative adaptation using devising and ensemble creation, led by Associate Idiot and experienced performer, director, and theatre maker, Stephen Harper.  

We will take inspiration from clown, commedia dell’arte and the work of Michael Chekhov to look at the technique and spirit needed to create performances which challenge preconceptions about adaptation, putting a fresh twist on well-known tales.  

You will take away a toolkit of ideas and practical approaches, which will enable you to develop your own practice as a theatre maker in creative adaptation and devising.   

About Stephen Harper 

Stephen has worked with Told by an Idiot on productions including Get Happy at The Barbican, Beijing Comedy Festival and Luxembourg, Never Try This At Home, I'm A Fool To Want You, Shoot Me In The Heart, I Weep at My Piano and Don't Laugh It's my Life. He has also been a visiting artist on many Taught by an Idiot projects, including the MA/MFA in Collaborative Theatre Making at Rose Bruford. He specialises in clown, mask, slapstick, commedia dell’arte, improvisation and devising.  

Stephen's other recent work as performer includes; Don Quixote with Little Soldier at the Vault Festival and Chicago Physical Theatre Festival, Opening Skinners Box with Improbable Theatre, The Mouse and his Child and Merry Wives of Windsor at The RSC, War Horse and Theatre of Blood with the National Theatre, Laurel and Hardy at the New Vic Theatre, Home from Home at Polka, 1966 World Cup Final and Ben Hur for BAC, and Commonnonsense at Reykjavik City Theatre. He can also be seen in Channel 4 comedy Blap LowDown and the pop video Absurd playing Gazelle Boy and The Man Who Falls On  Bread.  

Directing credits include: Cabaret of Blood with Hi Jinx and Told by an Idiot and Flat Pack- based on Buster Keatons FilmOne Week and I Had a Black Dog with Smallnose productions; Government Inspector BA 3rd year Classic season,Saudade MA Ensemble Theatre final show and Crowbar Hotel ETA 3rd year show at Rose Bruford slapstick director onPippi Longstocking at Reykjavik City Theatre, The Twits at The Royal Court Theatre and Comedy of Errors with The Lord Chamberlains Men