Told by an Idiot: All You Need is LSD

Told by an Idiot: All You Need is LSD

Tue 16 - Sat 20 October 2018

Autumn 2018 | Performance
A world premiere new play by LEO BUTLER

'One big, 90-minute trip… eye-opening stuff, in more way than one' -- Fergus Moran, The Stage

'Their work is never less than sublime' (The Independent on Told by an Idiot)

In 2015, acclaimed British playwright Leo Butler accepted an invitation from former Government drugs tsar, Professor David Nutt, to be a guinea pig in the world’s first LSD medical trials since the 1960’s.

Monty Python, Being John Malkovich, and Alice in Wonderland all resonate in this exhilarating and original comedy as we watch Leo jump down the rabbit-hole of a medical trial in search of enlightenment - and a good story.

Along the way he meets an array of characters from Aldous Huxley and The Beatles, to Steve Jobs and Ronald Reagan, whose own stories in the history of LSD are hilariously and poignantly uncovered.

Does the world still need a psychedelic revolution? And will Leo make it back home in time for tea?

Part history, party wild fantasy, this darkly humorous new play illuminates the drugs debate that won’t go away and examines the freedom we have to make our own choices in life, and death.

‘the drug laws in this country- the drug laws IN THE WORLD - all stem from this attitude that pleasure is a bad thing’

In their 25th year, critically acclaimed theatre company Told by an Idiot collaborate with one of the UK’s finest playwrights to continue to create the unexpected.

★★★★ Evening Standard, Time Out, Telegraph, Financial Times, Daily Mail, Observer, Sunday Times (For Boy by Leo Butler, Almeida Theatre, 2016)

Age Recommendation: 14yrs+



Told by an Idiot was founded in 1993 by Hayley Carmichael, Paul Hunter and John Wright.

The company’s first production was On the Verge of Exploding, which premiered at the 1993 Edinburgh Festival, where it was nominated for the Independent Theatre Award, followed by a run at the London International Mime Festival. Since then, the company has produced a wide range of work, both on the small and middle scale with a variety of partners including the Royal Court, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, West Yorkshire Playhouse, the RSC, National Theatre Wales, National Theatre of Scotland, Unity Theatre, Barbican Centre London, Royal Exchange Manchester and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

We have performed throughout the world, working with celebrated artists including Michel Faber (The Fahrenheit Twins), Carol Ann Duffy (Casanova), Zoe Rahmen (I'm a Fool to Want You), Philip Pullman (The Firework-maker's Daughter), Richard Wilson (Playing the Victim) who subsequently became our patron and Simon Armitage (I Am Thomas).

Productions include: Heads Will Roll (UK tour); I Am Thomas (UK Tour); The Ghost Train (Royal Exchange Manchester); Never Try This At Home (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Soho Theatre); Get Happy (Barbican Centre); Too Clever By Half (Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester); My Perfect Mind (Young Vic, Drum Theatre Plymouth and UK Tour); You Can't Take It With You (Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester); The Comedy Of Errors (RSC); The Dark Philosophers (National Theatre Wales) and Six Seeds (National Theatre).


“Amusing and anarchic... nothing short of ingenious” ★★★★ London Theatre for Napoleon Disrobed

“The Ultimate example of gallows humour.” ★★★★ The Guardian for I am Thomas

“Powerful and emotional.” ★★★★ The Stage for I am Thomas

“There's nothing quite like it... wild and funny with a serious core.” ★★★★ The Times for My Perfect Mind


show details

Dates: Tue 16 - Sat 20 Oct
Times: 7:30pm, 2pm Sat 20 Matinee
Running time: TBC
Prices:  £12 - £16 (£10.50 Conc.)
Charges: £1.50 postage
Age Recommendation: 14yrs +

Venue: Unity One

Post show Q&A 18 Oct
BSL Interpreted performance 19 Oct