Physical comedy, live music, acrobatics, silly dancing and audience interaction all feature in this 'madcap little gem' (Time Out) which will have you laughing out loud. 

Enter a world of artfully controlled chaos as this show for curious babies, kids and adults of all ages returns. There’s a mysterious bag that drops from a height. Shoes have magical powers. And the strangest egg sandwich is made in front of your eyes.

Inspired by work of Charlie Chaplin, Dr Seuss and Pina Bausch, Get Happy is an unexpected variety performance, bursting with quirky playfulness and off-the-wall humour.

This 10th anniversary production was dedicated to a true Idiot, Stephen Harper (1967-2022).


★★★★★ 'Anarchically inclusive joy... I now believe in the transformative power of theatre' - The Sunday Times 

'Consistently funny. Applying its usual fresh, playful physicality, Told by an Idiot has come up with a quirky, upbeat show for children, which lives up to its name' - The Stage

'Madcap little gem' - Time Out

'Told by an Idiot do a fine line in silliness for this variety-style show for kids' - The Telegraph



Created by Told by an Idiot

Performers Rachel Donovan, Katy Ellis, Nick Haverson, Kyll Thomas-Cole

Directed by Paul Hunter

Designed by Sophia Clist

Lighting Design by Tom Snell

Sound Design by Adrienne Quartly

Choreography by Michael Ureta

Production Manager and Technical Stage Manager  Rachel Bowen

Deputy Stage Manager  Brent Tan


Performance Dates

1 - 2 December 2023    Fenton Town Hall, Stoke-on-Trent 

7 - 19 December 2023    Pit Theatre, Barbican Centre, London


Get Happy was originally commissioned by the Barbican in 2013.