A co-production between Told by an Idiot, the National Theatre of Scotland, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in association with Everyman & Playhouse

I Am Thomas - a brutal comedy with songs

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.


John Cobb
Charlie Folorunsho
Amanda Hadingue
Iain Johnstone
Myra McFadyen
Hannah McPake
Dominic Marsh
John Pfumojena


Paul Hunter
Iain Johnstone
Simon Armitage
Laura Hopkins
Paul Anderson
Lighting Designer
Adrienne Quartly
Sound Designer
Judith Williams
Assistant Director