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Heads Will Roll – Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Created by: Told By An Idiot Director: Paul Hunter Reviewer: Joan Phillips ‘A complete mash-up’ of myth, children’s story, colonial history and TV soap opera is probably the best way to describe Told By An Idiot’s Heads Will Roll co-produced by Theatre Royal Plymouth. This wonderfully silly idea converges the legends around the mythical city of El Dorado, ancient stories ...

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I Am Thomas – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Cast of Told By An Idiot's - I Am Thomas

Music: Iain Johnstone Lyrics: Simon Armitage Director: Paul Hunter Reviewer: Jon Wainwright The lights go down, and in the darkness we hear the knocking in of nails and the sawing of wood. Given even the barest acquaintance with the historical facts behind this story, these sounds evoke not the socially useful activity of, say, building a house but the erecting ...

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I Am Thomas – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Told by an Idiot Music: Iain Johnstone Lyrics: Simon Armitage Director: Paul Hunter Reviewer: Gareth Davies A little bit of local history is brought to life at the Lyceum as the life of Thomas Aikenhead, the last person to be executed in the UK for blasphemy, is given a vivid, musical-comedy treatment. Described as a brutal comedy with songs, ...

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I Am Thomas – The Lowry, Salford

Cast of Told By An Idiot's - I Am Thomas

Music: Iain Johnstone Lyrics: Simon Armitage Writers: Told by an Idiot Director: Paul Hunter Reviewer: Iain Sykes Who is Thomas Aikenhead? Or as the opening song of Told by an Idiot’s I Am Thomas more colourfully asks, Thomas Aikenhead, Who the f*** are you? Well (history lesson time), he was the last person in Britain to be hanged for the ...

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The Ghost Train – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Arnold Ridley Director: Paul Hunter Reviewer: Taylor Simmons Reminiscent of The 39 Steps, Arnold Ridley’s The Ghost Train is a 1920s mystery thriller drama which continues to be re-imagined and performed since its London debut in 1925. The story follows a group of travellers who have been stranded at a remote railway station – a station with a dark, ...

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My Perfect Mind – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Kathryn Hunter, Paul Hunter and Edward Petherbridge Director: Kathryn Hunter Reviewer: Jo Beggs Edward Petherbridge was delighted to land the rôle of King Lear in New Zealand. A long flight and a day of rehearsals behind him, the last thing he expected was to suffer a debilitating stroke which left him barely able to move. With all hope of ...

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My Perfect Mind – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writers: Kathryn Hunter, Paul Hunter and Edward Petherbridge Director: Kathryn Hunter Reviewer: Claire Hayes Having barely begun rehearsing for King Lear in New Zealand, Edward Petherbridge was felled by a severe stroke which left him needing to learn to walk again. Yet, despite having lost so much, the entire rôle of Lear still inhabited his mind. His remarkable experiences have ...

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My Perfect Mind – Young Vic, London

Writters:Katheryn Hunter, Paul Hunter and Edward Petherbridge Director: Katheryn Hunter Reviewer: Teddy Lamb   My Perfect Mind explores the true story of actor Edward Petherbridge, who suffered a stroke as he was preparing to play King Lear. The evening is curiously structured, with the narrative slowly revealed through many different forms. Through a series of flashbacks, lectures and a lot ...

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