Told By An Idiot’s MY PERFECT MIND

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 its a second outing for the magnificent MY PERFECT MIND, which I saw in 2014 and was blown away by its playfulness, honesty, tenderness and loving acceptance of the frailty of humanity. Edward Petherbridge gives a tour de force performance in a brilliantly uplifting show which was award-worthy in every sense of the word.

And now you have an opportunity to see this great show in the comfort of your own homes for free.

Artistic Director Paul Hunter said: “We have been thrilled by the response to the shows from our archive, in particular ‘MY PERFECT MIND’ so we have decided to show once more our homage to friendship, showbiz, and Shakespeare. We hope you enjoy it over the bank holiday weekend.

‘If someone had told me that one of our most successful shows would be a piece about a renowned actor having a stroke and not playing King Lear, I would have laughed. However ‘My Perfect Mind’ which did two runs at the Young Vic, a UK tour, Barcelona, and New York proved to be exactly that. Part examination of the human spirit seen through the prism of Lear, part homage to theatre, and ultimately a celebration of a unique friendship. 

The success of MPM was a testament to a great team, the wonderful Kathryn Hunter as our director who herself had played both Lear and the Fool provoked and guided us beautifully. Michael Vale’s extraordinarily simple, poetic, and playful set provided us with a wonderful playground. In short it was a great group to create something with, and finally I have to speak of Edward Petherbridge my partner in the show. As many people know he is a sublime actor, but he is also a wonderful and wild improviser. I learnt so much from playing with Edward, and I now consider him a dear friend. 

For those of you who know the show, I hope you enjoy revisiting it, and for those who may come to it afresh I hope it entertains and surprises.

The 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 runs about 90 minutes and is available on demand until Friday May 15th.


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