Okorie Chukwu, Dudley Rees and Stephen Harper

Told by an Idiot and Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Soho Theatre

Never Try This At Home

  • By Carl Grose and Told by an Idiot
  • Wed 2 - Sun 27 April, 7.15pm. Sat & Thu matinees, 3pm.
  • £10 - £20

‘INGENIOUS.’ ★★★★ Time Out

‘DELICIOUSLY RIDICULOUS.’
★★★★ WhatsOnStage

A darkly funny satire looking back at 1970s kids’ TV shows.

Custard pies and forced smiles. Welcome to Saturday morning TV… that means pie fights, buckets of water, casual sexism and thoughtless misogyny!

Never Try This At Home is an uncomfortably funny and shockingly ludicrous comedy which transports you back to 1970s kids’ TV show Shushi. After an obsessive fan took desperate measures, celebs went missing and presenters reached breaking point, Shushi was cancelled and taken off air. Acclaimed theatre company Told by an Idiot dare to look back at exactly what went wrong…

Raucous energy, a live band, playful nostalgia, unbelievable characters… and a free protective plastic mac if you dare to sit in the front row.

Ages 15+, strong language and possible nudity*

*(you just can’t trust what celebrities will do when they’re pushed to the edge)

Running time: 90 minutes no interval

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CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE
Sat 19 Apr, 7.15pm
Tickets: £12.50
For people who are Deaf, deafened or hard-of-hearing. Book tickets online by selecting ‘Captioned Ticket’ when prompted.

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE
Sat 19 Apr 3pm, touch tour at 1.30pm
Tickets: £12.50
For people who are blind or visually impaired. Book tickets online by selecting ‘Audio Described Ticket’ when prompted.

QUO VADIS PRE SHOW DINING
If you are coming along to the show you can enjoy an excellent pre-theatre lunch or dinner at Quo Vadis restaurant, next door to us on Dean Street. They have a delicious pre show matinee menu at 1pm, or pre show evening menu at 5.30pm: £17.50 for 2 courses or £20 for 3 courses. Book Quo Vadis Meal Deal tickets online or call us on 020 7478 0100.

‘A hoot… ingenious.’
★★★★ Time Out

‘Deliciously ridiculous… infectiously good fun. Just watch out if you’re on the front row.’
★★★★ WhatsOnStage

‘Genuinely hilarious.’
Stage

‘A delight to watch.’ ★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

‘Deliberate silliness… undeniable fun.
★★★★ Scotsman

‘A charmingly farcical, raucous 70s romp… pure slapstick silliness.’
Londonist

Creative team

Director
Paul Hunter
Designer
Michael Vale
Lighting Designer
Simon Bond
Sound Designer
Dan Hoole
Assistant Director
Polly Tisdall

Cast

Niall Ashdown, Stephen Harper, Petra Massey, Okorie Chukwu, Dudley Rees, Ged Simmons
Band
JayJules&Jack, Jack Hinks, Shelly Ravid, Livia Rita, Ashley Lennon, The Coolness & Frankie and the Bozboys