'Let Me Play The Lion Too' by Told by an Idiot
Acclaimed UK theatre-makers Told by an Idiot, tackled the lack of diversity on the British stage by devising a new theatre piece called 'Let Me Play the Lion Too' with a group of 12 performers, six of whom have a disability. It was performed at the Barbican in March 2018.
Told by an Idiot explores the human condition through theatre that is bigger than life. We acknowledge the artifice of performance & make no attempt to put reality on stage, but we inhabit the space between laughter & pain which exists in the real world. Our work is rooted in the live event & thrives on a sense of spontaneity & risk, celebrating the unpredictability of performance. Through playful collaborative writing, anarchic physicality & a comedic sensibility we create genuinely spontaneous experiences for audiences.
Through our work on stage & through our Taught by an Idiot participation work we foster a sense of openness, curiosity & the desire to play. We consistently experiment with what art can be & who can be involved, & in doing so our work blurs the lines between artist, participant & audience. Our commitment to accessibility informs the entwined relationship between our productions & our participation work. We take creative risks, we tell universal stories & we include everyone.