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The London company. Told By An Idiot, is one of those cute and deeply endearing ensembles that one wants to take home and cuddle. Full of visual wit and flair in movement, it even manages to make something rather sweet out of the Presnyakov Brothers’ unpleasant script.

The story of Valya (Andrew Scott), a really quite nasty young man whose hobbies include infuriating his parents (Paul Hunter and Hailey Carmichael) and thinking of ways to avoid all activity, is played out between his home life and his work as the stand in for victims of crime in police re-enactment videos. Here, he works through his passive aggressions with a police inspector (Michael Glenn Murphy) and his sergeant (Ferdy Roberts). A succession of comic set pieces bring out several philosophical paradoxes and some dark nihilism at the heart of

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Director Richard Wilson has emphasised the Russian origins of the story, a wise decision, for there’s something about the cultural distance of the play that allows it to play out its relentlessly scatological humour without becoming offensive or dull. It’s not a perfect play, though, for it finishes with a metanarrational epilogue that raises too many questions to sit comfortably on its simple structure. All the same, it’s performed with verve, and a good deal of style. (Steve Cramer)

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