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Told by an Idiot

Told by an Idiot was founded in 1993 by Hayley Carmichael, Paul Hunter and John Wright and has built a reputation for producing work that is moving, comic and utterly theatrical. The company sets out to explore the human condition by celebrating and revelling in a style of theatre that is bigger than life. They acknowledge the artifice of theatre and make no attempt to put reality on stage. Through collaborative writing, anarchic physicality and a playful but rigorous approach to text, the company is committed to creating a genuinely spontaneous experience for the audience.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £167,245
  • 2013-2014: £171,092
  • 2014-2015: £175,540

Video feed

#reachforthepie Idiot Steve

Can you pie yourself better? Take part in #reachforthepie!

#reachforthepie Idiot Rachel

Happy Easter! #nevertrythisathome Can you pie yourself better? Tweet us your pie videos @toldbyaniditio93 #reachforthepie to win free tickets to our show Never Try This At Home at Soho Theatre running till the 27th April.

#reachforthepie Verity

#nevertrythisathome, the pieman strikes again.

#reachforthepie Idiot Jenni

...just as casual cup of tea with some whipped cream for Idiot Jenni

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#reachforthepie Jed

one more at Rada down, all in the name of Never Try This At Home

#reachforthepie Kate Perry

...and the next pie casualty is down! #nevertrythisathome @sohotheatre @rada_London

#reachforthepie Idiot Odeta

Pie-mania is hitting the town, as part of Never Try This At Home at Soho Theatre this month, piemageddon is happening. The next casualty is Idiot Odeta in the Told by an Idiot office. Told by an Idiot takes no responsibility for pie casualties...#reachforthepie

Never Try This At Home audience feedback

Audience feedback on our show Never Try This At Home! Catch the show in Edinburgh Traverse Theatre 26th - 29th of March and in Soho Theatre London 2nd - 27th of April!

Never Try This At Home

Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Told by an Idiot present the world premiere of Never Try This At Home.

Told by an Idiot is 21 years old!

Told by an Idiot is delighted to become 21 this year...and the pies are still flowing! We are delighted to inform you that you too can be an Idiot with our new Idiot membership scheme. You get a whole host of treats, take a look...

Never Try This At Home actor Niall Ashdown chats about...himself

Want to know what to expect when you come to see Told by an Idiot's Never Try This At Home? See if this can shed any light on it... Come and join the madness at: Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 3-15 March Sheffield Crucible, 18-22 March Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, 25-29 Match Soho Theatre, 3-26 April

Dudley Rees and wigs for Never Try This AT Home

Actor Dudley Rees chats about wig options for Never Try This At Home

The Big Give Christmas Challenge

Introducing Connected - our radical new devising project...but we need your help! At 10am on the 5th, 6th and 7th December we need you to donate online at so we can make CONNECTED happen. Connected is our ambitious new project that will ignite the imaginations and creativity of people, young and old. Through a purpose-built digital platform UK-wide groups will connect to create their own 'Idiot inspired' live performance. We need our fellow Idiots help in making it happen - thank you!


We opened up our rehearsal process during Too Clever by Half. Here's a bit of feedback on what it's like to sit on Idiot rehearsals!

Anarchy and Play - An interview with Paul Hunter

Director Paul Hunter chats about the elements of anarchy and play in both staged shows and participatory projects.

Too Clever By Half Trailer

Watch the trailer for our new show Too Clever By Half! From the 10th July - 17th August 2013 at the Royal Exchange Manchester. A Told by an Idiot and Royal Exchange Manchester co-production.

Too Clever By Half in rehearsal

Director Paul Hunter chats about Told by an Idiot's show Too Clever By Half, showing at the Royal Exchange Manchester from the 10th July - 17th August. Too Clever By Half - a savagely funny comedy by Alexander Ostrovsky. A Royal Exchange Theatre Production in association with Told by an Idiot.

2 Borough's present.. 'On The Road Again'

Working with Told by an Idiot and the Young Vic, '2 Borough's' group present their response to My Perfect Mind which toured at the Young Vic from 2rd April - 4th May 2013. Led by Justin Audibert and Kimberly Sykes. The Told by an Idiot residencies were generously supported by the Foyle Foundation.

'Walking in the Rain' Salisbury residency

Our residency group at Salisbury Playhouse 'Mind The Gap' present their performance 'Walking in the Rain' to a post-show audience of My Perfect Mind. Our Salisbury residency was led by Justin Audibert and Steve Harper and generously supported by the Foyle Foundation. My Perfect Mind, a Told by an Idiot, Young Vic and Drum Theatre Plymouth co-production toured to Salisbury Playhouse 19-23 March 2013.

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Contact details

Unit LF1.7 The Leathermarket
Weston Street

51.499432, -0.0833

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