Breaking down barriers to participating in our workshops is an important aim for Told by an Idiot. For us, this means our Idiot community becomes more diverse and we have a rich collective imagination to draw from in the workshop room.

The income from our workshops helps to keep Told by an Idiot's activity innovative and varied, particularly as we receive no continuous funding for our Taught by an Idiot programme. However, we don’t want a price tag to be a barrier to taking advantage of these opportunities for professional development. In keeping with the accessible nature of our productions, we want to be able to include everyone. 

We currently open up access to our workshops in three different ways:

  • Free places for under 25-year-olds, who would not otherwise be able to afford a place
  • Free places plus support costs (e.g. support workers, BSL interpreters) where needed for D/deaf and/or disabled participants
  • Pay-what-you-can places

We have received contributions to the funding of these opportunities from: 

  • Garrick Charitable Trust (2018-19)
  • Thistle Trust (2019-20)
  • Individual donations (2018, 2020)


“Being offered a free place on The Role of the Director in the Devising Process workshop has been invaluable. As a young director with limited funds, finding places that provide accessible opportunities for training prove to be difficult. This workshop gives you the skills and insight to creating your own work and is essential to any young director’s toolbox. I would strongly recommend this workshop week to any director that is struggling for accessible director training.”


Whenever places are available, they will appear on our Opportunities Page.

If you would like to find out more, or if you would like to donate to this programme, please get in touch.