This month the Liverpool Playhouse Theatre will be staging the world premiere of the latest production from iconic theatre company Told by an Idiot. A brutal comedy with songs, I Am Thomas tells the true story of Thomas Aikenhead, a Scottish student who was the last person in Britain to be executed for blasphemy. It will run at the Playhouse from Friday 19th to Saturday 27th February 2016 before it heads out on a tour across the UK. TICKETS
Resonating across time and cultures, this riotous and unsettling comic drama shifts between 1696 and present times to explore notions of freedom of speech. Using a live score performed by a cast of eight, the show weaves together eclectic references from the Last Passion of Christ to Archie Gemmell’s goal for Scotland at the 1974 World Cup.
Featuring music by Iain Johnstone and lyrics by Simon Armitage, I Am Thomas also uses Told by an Idiot’s trademark anarchic physicality and inventive storytelling in order to recount this surprising true tale.
The ensemble cast includes John Cobb, Amanda Hadingue, Myra McFayden, John Pfumojena, Hannah McPake, Charlie Folorunsho and Iain Johnstone, as well as Dominic Marsh who was last seen as Macheath in Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) at the Everyman in 2014 and 2015.
Inspired by fact, fantasy and an original short story by James Robertson, I Am Thomas is an effective, powerful glimpse into a dark past, and a show that will wow everyone.
I AM THOMAS
Friday 19 – Saturday 27 February 2016