About What We Do What We Do Our Values Our company values are the beating heart of our organisation: · Revel in the live experience · Innovate and provoke · Find laughter in unlikely places · Include anyone Our Mission Told by an Idiot explores the human condition through theatre that is ambitious but never pretentious, experimental but always accessible and we avoid boredom at all costs. We are fascinated by the space between laughter and pain, and we consistently experiment with what theatre can be and who gets to make it. In doing so, our work blurs the line between theatre maker, participant and audience. We nurture the skills and talents of emerging theatre makers, and our work excludes no one. It stimulates and challenges people across the world and we remain committed to making theatre for anyone who breathes. Our Vision “I am a working-class Birmingham boy (Father an electrician, Mother a dinner lady) who had no access to theatre and the arts, and I felt excluded from that world for many years. For me to reach a position of influence in the cultural sector has been quite a journey, and I see it as my duty to open doors to the disadvantaged that follow. It is imperative that I give them access and opportunities to realise their potential and reach positions of power”. Paul Hunter, Told by an Idiot’s Artistic Director At Told by an Idiot we have a burning desire and responsibility to make change happen in British Theatre. It is crucial that we use our public subsidy to give voice to those on the periphery of the story. Told by an idiot operates on the edge of chaos in a constant quest for exploration, and consistently opens the door to risk in order to deliver the best work by continuing to develop and change. Entertainment is from the French word ‘entretenir’, meaning ‘hold together’ or ‘support’. It was associated with hospitality - when you entertained a guest, you were keeping them happy. These sentiments go right to the very heart of our Idiot values. Rather than seeing entertainment as a dirty word, we embrace it fully as the very thing we are trying to achieve. Ultimately at the end of one of our shows, we want the audience to leave the theatre with a smile on their face and remember that Told by an Idiot put it there. Our vision is to ensure we make a major contribution to the national and international reputation and reach of the cultural sector in England by creating risk-taking, dynamic and critically acclaimed new work which consistently reflects ambition, quality, inclusivity and relevance. View our past productions here.