Local youngsters learn silent cinema skills and create their own short film with Open Theatre and Told by an Idiot

A group of budding young theatre-makers from in and around Coventry have been getting involved in a series of devising and film-making workshops held at the Belgrade Theatre last week, led by Told By An Idiot in partnership with Open Theatre Company.

Set up in 1984, Coventry-based Open Theatre Company has been working with young people with learning disabilities for over 30 years, providing opportunities for them to learn new skills and develop work using non-verbal physical theatre.

Known for its playful, anarchic approach to making theatre, Told By An Idiot has been exploring the human condition through larger-than-life productions since 1993. Alongside its critically acclaimed touring shows, the company delivers a range of participation and artist development projects through its Taught By An Idiot programme, with a particular focus on targeted projects with groups that are underrepresented in the theatre industry.

Following the success of previous collaborations between the two companies, the workshops held at the Belgrade last week formed part of Told by an Idiot’s ‘The Silent Treatment’ project to devise and produce a 5-minute, silent comedy film, which will be screened in the local area in late 2019/early 2020. The project (funded by The Norton Foundation) has been designed in conjunction with Told By An Idiot’s next production, which will explore the visual language of silent cinema.