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

Our 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.

Over the last 27 years we have produced critically-acclaimed new productions with partners including the Royal Court, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, West Yorkshire Playhouse, the RSC, National Theatre Wales, National Theatre of Scotland, Unity Theatre Liverpool, Barbican Centre London, Royal Exchange Manchester and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

We perform in the UK and 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) and Simon Armitage (I Am Thomas) to name a few.

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