Told by an Idiot and Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Soho Theatre

A darkly funny satire looking back at 1970s children's TV shows. Custard pies and forced smiles. Welcome to Saturday morning TV… that means pie fights, buckets of water, casual sexism and thoughtless misogyny!

Never Try This At Home was an uncomfortably funny and shockingly ludicrous comedy which transported you back to 70s kids TV show Shushi. After an obsessive fan took desperate measures, celebs went missing and presenters reached breaking point, Shushi was cancelled and taken off air. Acclaimed theatre company Told by an Idiot dared to look back at exactly what went wrong… There was raucous energy, a live house-band, playful nostalgia, unbelievable characters… and a free protective plastic mac if you dared to sit in the front row!

Bands that performed with us:

Blank Canvas

Jack Hinks

Shelly Ravid
Livia Rita 
Ashley Lennon
Rony Trio
Travis Clarke
The Coolness



★★★★ 'No ordinary show...talented versatile cast.... lots of laughs!' - Birmingham Post

★★★★ 'Undeniable fun!' - Scotsman

★★★★ 'A hoot... the raucous E-number energy is totally infectious' - TimeOut

★★★★ 'Surreal, off-beat and unapologetically silly' - WhatsOnStage

'A play that doesn’t pause for breath in the entire ninety minutes' - The Public Reviews

'Joyous piece of theatre, an evening of unalloyed bliss. I bloody loved it!' - Bum On A Seat



Performers: Niall Ashdown, Okorie Chukwu, Stephen Harper, Petra Massey, Dudley Rees, Ged Simmons

Written by Carl Grose

Directed by Paul Hunter

Designed by Michael Vale

Lighting design by Simon Bond

Sound design by Dan Hoole

Assistant Director Polly Tisdall


Tour Dates 2014

27 February - 15 March    Birmingham Repertory Theatre

18 - 22 March                          Crucible Studio, Sheffield

26 - 29 March                          Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

2 - 27 April                                 Soho Theatre, London