I Am Thomas
19 feb, 2016 - 30 apr, 2016

I Am Thomas

19 feb, 2016 - 30 apr, 2016

A co-production with the National Theatre Scotland, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, in association with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.


Written by Told by an Idiot, music by Iain Johnstone, lyrics by Simon Armitage.


Collaborating with award-winning poet Simon Armitage, Told by an Idiot, National Theatre Scotland and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh present a wildly comic and provocative piece of music theatre.

Edinburgh; a cold town on the edge of civilisation, in very much the Year of Our Lord, 1696. The church has spies everywhere. Here, you keep your counsel and choose your words with care ... unless you are Thomas Aikenhead –a loud-mouthed, smart-arsed and likable student at the university. A man in the wrong place at absolutely the wrong time ... trouble is brewing for Thomas.

‘It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong’ (Voltaire, 1752)

A rich vein of black humour is exploded in this account of the last person in Britain to be executed for blasphemy. Using Told by an Idiot’s internationally celebrated theatrical invention, we glimpse into Edinburgh’s dark past to reveal this true story with universal resonance. A riotous and unsettling drama which swings between 1696 and the present day, I Am Thomas is performed with an original live score.

‘Told by an Idiot are the most exciting, enthralling and energising presence in British Theatre’
Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate

Inspired by fact, fantasy and an original short story by James Robertson.


Production Download

I Am Thomas resource pack


Liverpool Playhouse

19 feb, 2016 - 27 feb, 2016

The Lowry, Salford

01 mar, 2016 - 05 mar, 2016

Salisbury Playhouse

08 mar, 2016 - 12 mar, 2016

The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

23 mar, 2016 - 09 apr, 2016

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

12 apr, 2016 - 16 apr, 2016

Wilton's Music Hall, London

20 apr, 2016 - 30 apr, 2016



"The ultimate example of gallows humour"

The Guardian , 26 feb, 2016

"Powerful and emotional"

The Stage , 25 feb, 2016

"Gorgeous vocal harmonies with canny lyrics from Simon Armitage"

Liverpool Echo , 24 feb, 2016

"Lovely storytelling told by an incredible cast"

Purple Revolver , 25 feb, 2016

"A vibrant, consistently engrossing spectacle"

Merseysider Magazine , 25 feb, 2016

"A night to remember" 

Liverpool Confidential , 25 feb, 2016


12 jan, 2016

Our Assistant Director Judith gives us a peek into the rehearsal room as I Am Thomas - a brutal comedy with songs develops...

17 feb, 2016

A selection of song lyrics written by Simon Armitage for 'I Am Thomas - a brutal comedy with songs'

27 feb, 2016

Here's what our audiences have been saying about I Am Thomas.