"Our Doctor's Appointment was brilliantly inspiring and uplifting, especially in these strange times. We came away having laughed lots and bubbling with cracking advice and ideas. It's like we were in an inflatable ring at a water park, and Paul gave us a little push down a fun slide. 10/10, would doctor again."

"I found my Doctor's Appointment stimulating and provoking, it was so helpful to have Paul interrogate the idea and question the decisions that I had made so far with my piece. The conversation generated a lot of notes for me; technical information, suggested strategies to create more material and ideas of how to delve further into the idea. Thanks to the appointment I feel connected (whilst in isolation) and inspired to make theatre."

"Paul was extremely helpful and gave us a new lease of energy when ironing out some narrative clarity for our clown show. We feel excited and inspired...and so looking forward to what comes from this!"

We are currently offering online appointments. Get in touch to book a slot.

Struggling to stay creative in isolation? The Idiot Doctor has some tips for you here.

Are you stuck in your creative process? Wrestling with a devised piece or idea? 

Book yourself in for a free appointment with the Idiot Doctor* (aka our Artistic Director Paul Hunter) who holds surgeries regularly. Appointments are short and sweet at around 20 minutes and they are a chance to talk through an idea you have or creative project you're working on, with the Doctor on hand to act as a sounding board for ideas, and to offer advice, guidance and fresh perspectives.

*If your problem is related to other elements of making theatre, e.g. producing, fundraising or marketing, there are other Idiot Doctors available! Please email us to book an appointment with another member of the TBAI team. 


"Idiot Doctor's Surgeries fulfil a very important part of Told by an Idiot's mission, which is to support artists, in as many ways we can, on their journey to making their own work, as well as encouraging and challenging them to take it further" - The Doctor


"I can't recommend the Doctor's appointment enough. This is a completely free offering that is the perfect opportunity for theatre makers to sift through their ideas and plans. Paul was brilliant at being concise and to the point within the time frame...clearing up some of the difficulties I have faced as a theatre maker" 


If you'd like to book an appointment, email us with some information about yourself and what you're working on.

Because the vast majority of our work is devised, we are more likely to be able to help theatre makers who are also making, or are interested in making devised work.

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Can't get to an appointment? Have a look at our Doctor's Tips for Theatre Makers

The job of the director is to suggest two plus two. Let the viewer say four"  Ernest Lubitsch