Our Cool Cousin

A new two-day workshop exploring the dynamic between theatre and cinema 


“Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world” 

- Jean-Luc Godard 

“I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won't contribute anything themselves” 

- Orson Welles 


Theatre’s relationship to movies is a complex one. Cinema can often seem a more glamorous, hipper, cutting-edge medium. 

There is, however, much we can learn as theatremakers from our younger cultural cousin. Not in trying to emulate film, but in exploring and stealing key aspects of film language. 

In the company’s 25-year history, Told by an Idiot have been massively influenced by cinema, making shows inspired by a variety of film directors, including Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alfred Hitchcock, Federico Fellini, and Emir Kusturica. 

Led by TBAI's Artistic Director Paul Hunter, this intensive and highly practical two-day workshop will explore visual narrative, editing, music, sound and finding a collaboration with a writer. It will examine how an increased understanding of film and its history can have a positive impact on creating theatre. Participants will take away the language and tools to create highly physical, comic and poetic theatre. 

This workshop is aimed at directors and theatre makers with some experience of making their own work. 

If you have any questions about the workshop, including accessibility, please get in touch at natashabergg@toldbyanidiot.org


Thursday 28th & Friday 29th March 2019

Artsadmin, Toynbee Studios, London E1

Earlybird (first 5 places booked) £130 excl VAT / Standard £140 excl VAT


Book your place here.

Please note: once you have booked your place, it is non-refundable.