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Taught by an Idiot Workshops

We run Taught by an Idiot workshops in the UK, Europe, and internationally.

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Artist Development Workshops

Throughout the year we run Artist Development workshops for theatre professionals and artists across all disciplines and at all stages of their career. These workshops focus intensively on different aspects of the Told by an Idiot style of creating theatre.

We release our Artist Development workshop dates throughout the year so please look out for advertisements on our website, Facebook and Twitter or join our mailing list. Please contact Natasha Bergg for more information on our programme of workshops and to be added to the mailing list.

Feedback from our Artist Development Workshops:

“An incredible opportunity to learn from the experience and hard won knowledge of a brilliantly innovative company"

“A hands on extravaganza on how to be an idiot and produce work organically”

“Inspiring, evocative, informative and fun, fun, fun.”

“It was exceptional. Paul is an absolute luminary. This was the most enlightening, liberating, inspiring workshop I've ever done.”

Artist Development workshops that we offer on a regular basis for all theatre professionals include:

This workshop examines what lies at the heart of Told by an Idiot and explores liberating the performer and the importance of spontaneity

The Way of the Idiot

Commedia - Primarily a form that revels in the virtuosity of the actor, Told by an Idiot will take the participants on a journey over two days to unlock the performer’s most wild and spontaneous impulse.

If It's Bad Make It Worse

Using silent comedies as our inspiration this workshop looks at classic routines, slapstick, gags and pratfalls, and the elements needed to create funny physical routines

Building the Chaos

This provocative, challenging, and dynamic workshop led by Artistic Director Paul Hunter will throw the focus onto the performer and will examine what lies at the heart of TBAI's work.



Creating It, Owning It, Doing It

Told by an Idiot’s popular sell-out Director’s workshop returns for the eighth year running!

The role of the Director in the devising process isn’t always straightforward but can be the most rewarding experience a Director can ever have. This fascinating and intensive workshop led by Told by an Idiot Co-founder and Artistic Director, Paul Hunter, will examine in depth the role of the Director during a collaborative writing project. By exploring some of the crucial aspects of devising, including establishing trust, creating a playful atmosphere, liberating the performer, generating material (verbal and physical), editing and the relationship with the creative team, the participants will gain a unique insight into Told by an Idiot’s devising process from a Director’s perspective. The course is suitable for established and emerging directors and performers who have an interest in directing. 





The Role of the Director in the Devising Process

Are you a young deviser or a young devising company? Are you stuck? Wrestling with stuff in your process?

Then why not book a free appointment with the Idiot Doctor and chat your ideas through (confidentially of course). Paul Hunter, Artistic Director of Told by an Idiot will talk through your creative project with you, act as a sounding board for ideas and offer advice and guidance. The surgery will take place once a month at the Idiot office in RADA Studios, Chenies St, central London. 

Surgery hours:   26th June, 10am -12pm

To be considered for an appointment, email Amanda Castro with your CV and an outline of your project which you would like to discuss with Paul. 

The Doctor Will See You Now

'No one else is making theatre as creatively & ambitiously as Told by an Idiot. They are a unique phenomenon - intelligent, ingenious & genuinely popular' -  Simon Armitage
We now offer three evening workshops for artists with different levels of experience led by Artistic Director Paul Hunter, offering an insight into the work of one of the UK's most unique theatre companies, a taster of how we create our work in the rehearsal room and a chance to stretch your creative skills. 
Places still available for: More of an Idiot      

The Way of the Idiot

Led by Artistic Director Paul Hunter, a week-long workshop exploring some of the crucial aspects of directing a devised piece

The Role of the Director in the Devising Process

A 2 day workshop for writers and performers interesting in writing and the role of the writer in a collaborative process

The Role of the Writer in the Devising Process

A 2 day workshop looking at the role of the performer in the theatre, focussing on play, rhythm and liberating the performer.


Bigger Than Life

This intensive workshop inspired by My Perfect Mind looks at the notion of making theatre from real life experience.


It Happened To Me so it Must be Interesting

A 2 day workshop focussing on the company's unique approach to Shakespeare

An Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare