I Am Thomas - a brutal comedy with songs
Fri 19 Feb to Sat 27 Feb 2016
£28 - £10*
Collaborating with award-winning poet Simon Armitage, Told by an Idiot, National Theatre Scotland and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh present a wildly comic and provocative piece of music theatre.
★★★★ Liverpool ECHO ★★★★ The Stage ★★★★ Wirral Globe
★★★★★ Purple Revolver
Edinburgh; a cold town on the edge of civilisation, in very much the Year of Our Lord, 1696. The church has spies everywhere. Here, you keep your counsel and choose your words with care ... unless you are Thomas Aikenhead – a loud-mouthed, smart-arsed and likable student at the university. A man in the wrong place at absolutely the wrong time ... trouble is brewing for Thomas.
Inspired by fact, fantasy and an original short story by James Robertson.A rich vein of black humour is exploded in this account of the last person in Britain to be executed for blasphemy. Using Told by an Idiot’s internationally celebrated theatrical invention, we glimpse into Edinburgh’s dark past to reveal this true story with universal resonance. A riotous and unsettling drama which swings between 1696 and the present day, I Am Thomas is performed with an original live score.
‘Told by an Idiot are the most exciting, enthralling and energising presence in British Theatre’
Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate
Director Paul Hunter
Composer Iain Johnstone
Lyricist Simon Armitage
Designer Laura Hopkins
Lighting Designer Paul Anderson
Sound Designer Adrienne Quartly
Assistant Director Judith Williams
“Thought-provoking, ingenious and surprisingly funny”
“Intriguing, curious and thought-provoking”
“Packed with gorgeous vocal harmonies, and with canny lyrics from Simon Armitage”
“Lovely storytelling told by an incredible cast and will have you laughing one minute and crying the next”
“Energetic, edgy and imaginative”
“Witty, solemn, and ultimately incredibly moving”
“A gracious piece of theatre, one that never stops entertaining or informing”