A Told by an Idiot & Theatre Royal Plymouth Production

A savage folly inspired by the myth of El Dorado


A golden man wades into a lake and disappears, searching for forgiveness

A BBC TV executive flushes money down the toilet in her desperate quest for soap opera ratings

A Spanish conquistador crashes through the South American jungle convinced he will find a city where rivers run with gold...

This show from the insatiably curious Told by an Idiot was a dark epic comedy about delusion, vanity, and the corruption of power. Inspired by the historic search for El Dorado - the mythical city where rivers ran with gold - Heads Will Roll explored the quests we carry throughout our lives, even if our goals are out of reach.

With live music from one of Barcelona's most unique musicians and an international cast, Heads Will Roll continued Told by an Idiot’s journey of creating the unexpected since 1993.

Heads Will Roll embarked on a rural tour of Dorset and Devon, through Dorset Theatre Promoters Consortium, Arts Reach and Villages in Action.



★★★★★ 'incredibly innovative' - Behind The Arras

'nuggets of theatrical gold' - Plymouth Herald

'one of the comic highlights of the year' - ReviewsHub

'engaging and funny and uniquely charming'- WhatsOnStage

'wonderful performances' - The Knowledge Plymouth

'there is something admirable in the show's brazen heedlessness of caution and convention' - The Stage

'warmth is in great demand at the moment – this production has it in buckets' - StageTalk Magazine

'the right kind of risk to take' - Liverpool Underlined



Created by Told by an Idiot

Performers: Alicia MartelAndrea PelaezMercè RibotPatricia Rodriguez

Directed by Paul Hunter

Designed by Michael Vale

Lighting design by Joe Price

Puppetry Consultant / Assistant Director Almudena Adalia


Tour Dates from 2016

6 - 22 October      Theatre Royal Plymouth

1 - 5 November    Birmingham Repertory Theatre

8 - 12 November  Liverpool Everyman Theatre

15 November       Bay Theatre Weymouth, Dorset

17 November       Crediton Arts Centre, Devon

18 November       Talaton Parish Hall, Devon

19 November       Brentor Village Hall, Devon