Told By an Idiot’s I’M A FOOL TO WANT YOU

Leading UK theatre company Told By an Idiot is responding to the Coronavirus crisis by releasing one show a week from their recorded repertoire. This week it’s one of their early experimental successes from 2003-5, I’M A FOOL TO WANT YOU. And now you have an opportunity to see the show in the comfort of your own home for free.

Paul Hunter, the Company’s Artistic Director, says:

“Inspired by the death and work of French polymath and jazz obsessive Boris Vian, and created out of a life long passion for Jazz, ‘I’m A Fool To Want You’ was a freewheeling look at the nature of deception, an act of revenge, and the desire to live in the moment.

Suffering from a heart condition, Vian the author of ‘I Spit On Your Graves’ entered a Parisian cinema to watch an adaptation of his own cult novel. Thirty minutes later, and after shouting angrily at the screen, he was dead from a heart attack. Taking this as our starting point, we aimed to fuse our process of improvisation with the spontaneity of jazz musicians. With this experiment in mind we assembled a terrific team, Mercury Award nominated pianist Zoe Rahman, Idiot co-founder Hayley Carmichael, young trumpet player Mark Crown, and regular Idiot Stephen Harper. An extraordinary world was created by the visionary designer, close friend and collaborator Naomi Wilkinson (1963-2013).

It remains a show that is very close to our hearts, and was recorded in a time when the filming of theatre shows was a less sophisticated process. Enjoy.”


This company faces financial difficulty like all others, so please consider making a donation or becoming a supporter to help them keep going. Please give whatever you feel able.

The show is available on demand until May7th.

You can watch the show by clicking here


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