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
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'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
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 www.thelowry.com/plan-your-visit 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
|| 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.
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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