I Am Thomas - a brutal comedy with songs
Directed by Paul Hunter
‘It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.’ (Voltaire, 1770)
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.
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.
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.
- "Their work is never less than sublime"
The Times on Told by an Idiot
- "Told by an Idiot are the most exciting, enthralling and energising presence in British Theatre"
Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate
- "Theatre about as inventive, imaginative and fantastical as it gets"
Time Out on Told by an Idiot
#IAmThomas | #lyceum50
Cast and Credits
Iain Johnstone Performing Musical Director
Paul Hunter Director
Simon Armitage Lyricist
Iain Johnstone Composer
Laura Hopkins Designer
Paul Anderson Lighting Designer
Adrienne Quartly Sound Designer
Judith Williams Assistant Director
Sarah Weltman Sound Associate
Ben Cox Musical Supervisor
Sian Williams Movement Consultant
Laura Donnelly Casting Director
I Am Thomas | Trailer
★★★★ ‘The ultimate example of gallows humour' The Guardian
Dates and Times
23 March – 9 April 2016
Tuesday - Saturday
Wednesdays and Saturdays
- Act 1: 1hr 10mins
- 20 minute interval
- Act 2: 30 mins
For Access performances see below.
Tuesday - Saturday: £15 - £29.50
Wednesday and Saturday: £13 - £25
From £10, not available on Premium Seats
All prices guaranteed until 5 September 2015
- Thursday 31 March - 7.30pm
- Touch Tour - 6.15pm
- Saturday 2 April - 2pm
- Touch Tour - 12.45pm
- Wednesday 6 April - 7.30pm
- Saturday 9 April - 2pm
Read The Lyceum's Access Statement: click here
Please note some publications make use of paywalls.
‘The ultimate example of gallows humour...show-stopping arrangements by Iain Johnstone with lyrics by Simon Armitage’
'A stark lesson for our times'
'Rowdy, fun-packed, and yet deeply moving two-hour cabaret'
'Emotionally charged, darkly humorous, gloriously comic segments’
'Je Suis Charming'
All Edinburgh Theatre
'A sparky, fast-moving show'
'Fiercely well executed'
'The music is impeccable, truly beautiful.'
The Reviews Hub
'Fun with fire in its heart.'
Musical Theatre Review
'You'd be a blasphemer to miss this production'
'An alluring and a captivating piece of theatre.'
Liverpool Sound and Vision
'Full of imagination and wit'
- I Am Thomas featured on BBC Radio 4's 'Front Row' | click here to listen
- The Guardian's 'Most unmissable culture of 2016'
- The Independent's 'Must-sees of 2016'
- Lyn Gardner's (The Guardian/ Observer) 'Top Tickets of the Week'
- Peter Ross interviews Simon Armitage (Lyricist) and Paul Hunter (Director) for The Guardian