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

I am Thomas - Trailer from National Theatre of Scotland on Vimeo.

I am Thomas - an introduction from National Theatre of Scotland on Vimeo.

Cast

John Cobb - Cast

John Cobb

Cast

Charlie Folorunsho - Cast

Charlie Folorunsho

Cast

Amanda Hadingue - Cast

Amanda Hadingue

Cast

Iain Johnstone - Cast

Iain Johnstone

Cast

Myra McFadyen - Cast

Myra McFadyen

Cast

Hannah McPake - Cast

Hannah McPake

Cast

Dominic Marsh - Cast

Dominic Marsh

Cast

John Pfumojena - Cast

John Pfumojena

Cast

Company

Director Paul Hunter

Composer Iain Johnstone

Lyricist Simon Armitage

Designer Laura Hopkins

Lighting Designer Paul Anderson

Sound Designer Adrienne Quartly

Assistant Director Judith Williams

Reviews

I Am Thomas - a brutal comedy with songs

★★★★
“Thought-provoking, ingenious and surprisingly funny”

I Am Thomas - a brutal comedy with songs

★★★★
“Intriguing, curious and thought-provoking”

I Am Thomas - a brutal comedy with songs

★★★★
“Full of imagination and wit”

I Am Thomas - a brutal comedy with songs

★★★★
“Packed with gorgeous vocal harmonies, and with canny lyrics from Simon Armitage”

I Am Thomas - a brutal comedy with songs

★★★★★
“Lovely storytelling told by an incredible cast and will have you laughing one minute and crying the next”

I Am Thomas - a brutal comedy with songs

“Energetic, edgy and imaginative”
“Witty, solemn, and ultimately incredibly moving”

I Am Thomas - a brutal comedy with songs

★★★★
“Emotionally charged, darkly humorous”

I Am Thomas - a brutal comedy with songs

★★★★
“A gracious piece of theatre, one that never stops entertaining or informing”

I Am Thomas - a brutal comedy with songs

8/10
“An evening of mesmerising gallows humour”