As part of the national Signal Fires initiative, Told by an Idiot will be presenting extracts from one of our shows that is currently in development.

The Winchester: The Gun That Won The West is a book by BBC journalist Laura Trevelyan. It is a true tale of rags to riches and back to rags again; the story of a family and, in many ways, the story of America.

Join us around a unique ‘fire’ at a location in central London to experience a Told by an Idiot ‘gig’, with songs steeped in Americana. From the spiritual, to Johnny Cash, from gospel to Bob Dylan.

Let’s keep theatre live together.

Further details, including location, will be confirmed soon.

(Photo below from The Winchester Research and Development week, 2019).



Signal Fires

In October and November, fires will light up across the UK with storytellers and audiences sharing in one of the original forms of theatre. The fires will signal the vibrancy of touring theatre, and the threat our industry continues to face.

Companies involved are: 45North, Arcade, Beyond Face, Big Telly, Boundless, Eastern Angles, English Touring Theatre, Fen in association with Out of Joint, Fuel, Graeae, Headlong, Kestrel Theatre Company, Kneehigh, Macha Productions, National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, New Perspectives, Pentabus, Pilot, Paines Plough, SBC Theatre, Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Slung Low, Spare Tyre, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, Told by an Idiot and Yellow Earth Theatre (with more to be announced).

From spectacular bonfires to digital blazes; the nation’s leading touring theatre companies will present a series of theatrical events at locations across the UK in celebration of our fundamental need to tell stories.

The companies will be working with hundreds of UK freelancers. Each fire will span different disciplines reflecting the breadth and diversity of the touring circuit. All fires will be presented outdoors in front of socially distanced live audiences, or digitally for those who are shielding or currently unable to travel.

Keep eyes peeled for further announcements.