Told by an Idiot was founded in 1993 by Hayley Carmichael, Paul Hunter and John Wright.

The company’s first production was On the Verge of Exploding, which premiered at the 1993 Edinburgh Festival, where it was nominated for the Independent Theatre Award, followed by a run at the London International Mime Festival. Since then, the company has produced a wide range of work, both on the small and middle scale with a variety of partners including the Royal Court, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, West Yorkshire Playhouse, the RSC, National Theatre Wales, National Theatre of Scotland, Unity Theatre, Barbican Centre London, Royal Exchange Manchester and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

We have performed throughout the world, working with celebrated artists including Michel Faber (The Fahrenheit Twins), Carol Ann Duffy (Casanova), Zoe Rahmen (I'm a Fool to Want You), Philip Pullman (The Firework-maker's Daughter), Richard Wilson (Playing the Victim) who subsequently became our patron and Simon Armitage (I Am Thomas).

Productions include: All You Need Is LSD (UK tour); Napoleon Disrobed (UK tour); Heads Will Roll (UK tour); I Am Thomas (UK Tour); The Ghost Train (Royal Exchange Manchester); Never Try This At Home (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Soho Theatre); Get Happy (Barbican Centre); Too Clever By Half (Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester); My Perfect Mind (Young Vic, Drum Theatre Plymouth and UK Tour); You Can't Take It With You (Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester); The Comedy Of Errors (RSC); The Dark Philosophers (National Theatre Wales) and Six Seeds (National Theatre).


‘The pattern of life is far more poetic than is sometimes represented by the determined advocates of naturalism’