Told By An Idiot's Little Fantasy Heads Soho WinterDate: 9 January 2003
Following a national tour, award-winning company Told By An Idiot return to London this month with their latest show A Little Fantasy and prepare to celebrate their tenth birthday in style. The Idiots headline Soho Theatre's new winter 2003 season, which also includes treats from theimaginarybodytheatre company and a new play directed by Rufus Norris.
A Little Fantasy, devised by Told By An Idiot and directed by Paul Hunter, kickstarts the year (13 January - 1 February 2003). Starring company co-founder Hayley Carmichael and Lisa Hammond, the story tells of a family who live outside the law and have to rely on their wits to survive. It's told in the company's signature physical style, influenced by the short stories of Flannery O'Connor.
2003 marks Told By An Idiot's tenth anniversary, which they're celebrating with four show. After A Little Fantasy at Soho, they'll stage a version of children's book writer Philip Pullman's The Firework-maker's Daughter at the Sheffield Crucible in March (See News, 20 Dec 2002), I'm a Fool to Want You at BAC in May and then the Edinburgh Festival and, finally, a co-production with the Royal Court in the autumn.
Meanwhile, Soho Theatre's winter schedule continues with Fringe First winner 100 which opens on 3 February 2003 (until 22 February). If you had to choose only one memory from your past to save, what would you choose? 100 is directed by Christopher Heimann and co-written with Diene Petterle and Neil Monaghan.
Then from 26 February to 29 March 2003, Soho premieres dirty butterfly, a new play by Debbie Tucker Green, one of six writers on Soho's writer's attachment programme last year. Directed by Rufus Norris, the play is a dramatic tale about power, voyeurism and guilt. Norris is an associate director of the Young Vic, where his recent work includes the dark Christmas tale, Sleeping Beauty.
- by Hannah Khalil