Skip to Main Content
DescriptionAfter Hours in The GalleriesDine in Pier Eight

A co-production between Told by an Idiot, the National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

I Am Thomas: A brutal comedy with songs

Directed by Paul Hunter

Tue 1 March - Sat 5 March

This event has passed.
Picture of a cartoon of a man with rope for a head

'Simon Armitage’s emotive lyrics (and) show stopping arrangements by Iain Johnstone ... the ultimate example of gallows humour' **** The Guardian

**** Liverpool Echo

Collaborating with award-winning poet Simon Armitage, Told by an Idiot, National Theatre Scotland and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh present a wildly comic and provocatively subversive piece of music theatre.

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 – 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.

‘I do not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it’ (Voltaire, 1770)

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


Suitable for ages 14+ - contains strong language

See more photos >

Read Told by an Idiot's rehearsal diary >


The Show Will Go On! Adverse Weather

Should we see adverse weather on the day of any performance at The Lowry, the show will continue as normal. Due to the nature of our agreements with the producers who bring their shows to The Lowry, we are not able to offer any refunds or ticket exchanges outside of our normal policy (see standard terms and conditions with link) due to adverse weather. Galleries opening times may vary, but please check for the most up-to-date information.


 Post Show Talk | Thu 3 March

 Audio Described by Minds Eye | Sat 5 March | 2:30pm | Touch Tour - 1pm

  Group Rate No booking fees for groups of 10+!
you’ll also receive £2.50 off the adult ticket price. In addition to this, you'll receive one in ten tickets free.
Find out more and book your tickets here.
   School Rate

Schools price only £12 per person!
You’ll also receive one in ten tickets free, and no booking fees. Please note the reccomended age is 14+ due to strong language.
Find out more and book your tickets here.

Inspired by fact, fantasy and an original short story by James Robertson

Directed by Paul Hunter | Music by Iain Johnstone | Lyrics by Simon Armitage

Designed by Laura Hopkins | Sound by Adrienne Quartly | Lighting by Paul Anderson


The Lowry is a private limited company registered in England and Wales (no. 3255905) and a registered charity (no. 1053962).