Government guidelines permitting, we will be running a socially distanced version of The Role of the Director in the Devising Process from Monday 7th to Friday 11th December 2020 at Jerwood Space, London SE1.

Workshop places are priced on a pay what you feel basis. In the context of Told by an Idiot, this means that you pay what you feel the workshop is worth, and what you feel you can afford. We’re doing this in an effort to support freelance theatre makers, who we know have been particularly affected by the impact the COVID-19 crisis has had on the theatre industry.

This offer is also in line with our commitment to make Told by an Idiot opportunities accessible to all.  

If you are interested in joining us, please get in touch.



Led by Told by an Idiot’s Artistic Director Paul Hunter, our annual 5-day intensive offers a unique insight into creating and directing work from scratch, from which you will take away a toolkit that will enhance and refresh your practice as you continue to explore your own theatre making journey.   

The role of the Director in the devising process isn’t always straightforward. Often there is no script, no clear starting point, and sometimes almost nothing to go on. The Director has to assume a variety of roles and be extremely flexible and adaptable, with the actual act of directing often taking place late in the rehearsal process. All this apart, it can be the most rewarding experience a Director can ever have. 

This fascinating workshop examines the role of the Director in depth in a collaborative theatre making process. By exploring some of the crucial aspects of devising, including: establishing trust; creating a playful atmosphere; liberating the performer; generating verbal and physical material; editing and the relationship with a team of designers, you will gain a unique insight into Told by an Idiot’s devising process from a Director’s perspective. 

The workshop is suitable for directors and performers, who have an interest in directing. 

Feedback from participants

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


"It’s not what you know that’s important; it’s what your passion gives you the potential to discover" - Geoff Dyer