“If I were an animal there would be legislation to protect my home, but because I’m just a bloody human they can do whatever the f**k they like.”

Townies have decided they want a lie in, so they’re building a new high-speed railway. Issue is, it’s going right through Barbara Honeybone’s house, and she ‘ent having none of it.

Then there’s Harry, Barbara’s younger grandson, he ‘ent that bothered about trains, he’s only got eyes for Debbie Mahoney. But the only thing Barbara hates more than townies is the Mahoneys.

Welcome to Syresham, South Northamptonshire. It’s not quite the Cotswolds, but it does have Syresham’s Got Talent, the headline event of the village fair. There’ll be songs, dancing, magic, drag, a bit of wrestling, and Kevin’s doing a meat raffle (vegetarian option two tins of Strongbow).

Village Idiot is a raucous comedy, where family feuds kick-off around a country fair that you townies are all invited to.
We hope it’s a bit like the other plays you’ve seen here, but less s**t.

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of their work.


Mark Benton
Kevin Mark Benton
Maximilian Fairley
Harry Maximilian Fairley
Philip Labey
Peter Philip Labey
Joseph Langdon
Liam Joseph Langdon
Eileen Nicholas
Barbara Eileen Nicholas
Faye Wiggan
Debbie Faye Wiggan

Creative Team

Writer Samson Hawkins
Director Nadia Fall
Set & Costume Designer Lily Arnold
Lighting Designer Richard Howell
Composer & Sound Designer Max Pappenheim
Movement Director Carrie-Anne Ingrouille
Casting Director Jacob Sparrow
Associate Director Timothy Trimingham Lee
Illusion Consultant Sam Lupton
Voice & Dialect Coach Kate Godfrey
Musical Director Roshi Nasehi
Fight Director Bret Yount
Intimacy Director Christina Fulcher
Costume Supervisor Emilie Carter
Prop Supervisor Charlotte Neville
Creative Associate – Costume and Props Rachael Light
Creative Associate – Lighting Amelia Hawkes
Creative Associate – Sound Claire Stamp
Associate Movement Director Guy Salim
Dramaturg Jack Bradley
Script Consultant Ellie Fulcher
Production Manager Andrew Quick
Company Stage Manager Patricia Davenport
Deputy Stage Manager Zoe Leonard
Assistant Stage Manager Suzi Kelly
Creative Enablers Darius Gervinskas, Valentine Hanson, Greg Higginson, Ciara Killick
Captions creator Cara Lawless
Audio Description creator Mo Pickering-Symes
Captions and Audio Description operators Jack Quarton & Matthew Radway


“A CORKER - Loaded with zingers and heart. Outspoken and HILARIOUSLY inventive”
4 rating
The Times
“Samson Hawkins’s debut is part Jerusalem part This Country. Witty, romantic and politically fresh - EXUBERANT”
4 rating
The Guardian
“STUPENDOUSLY FUNNY...The BRILLIANT multi-talented cast are all HILARIOUS”
4 rating



Groups of 10 or more can save up to 20% on full price tickets.

Discount will be automatically applied on the ‘Checkout’ screen. Book up to 20 tickets online with the groups discount, discounts vary per performance and are subject to availability.

See the list of discounted performances on the Group Discounts Page.

Have a large group looking to attend? Please email tickets@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk and a member of the team will be able to assist.


Show tickets for school pupils are £12 each (one teacher goes free with every 10 tickets purchased). Find out more about School Visits here and book by calling Box Office on 0115 941 9419.


All of the performances of Village Idiot (except Wednesday 22 Mar, 7.30pm) will be in a Relaxed Environment. Relaxed Environment performances are open to all audience members, and can be useful for those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorder, learning disability and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment. For Relaxed Environment performances, there won’t be any changes to the show itself but movement in and out of the auditorium is allowed, there is less emphasis on the audience being quiet during the performance and there will be a separate chill-out room for any audience members that require it.

There will be a Relaxed Performance on Wednesday 22 February. Relaxed performances are carefully created for and accessible to people with learning disabilities and their families or carers so that everyone can enjoy the wonder of theatre at Nottingham Playhouse in an environment that is comfortable and supportive. At this performance, the house lights will be partially up throughout, loud noises are reduced, and elements of surprise are kept to a minimum. Again, moving around the auditorium is not a problem and a chill-out room will be available before, during and after the performance.

For an easy to read, at a glance list of the different elements, click here. If you would like to find out more about our Relaxed Performances, please click here. If you have any questions about access please email access@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.

Every performance of Village Idiot is captioned. We provide performances with British Sign Language Interpretation, and Audio Description for this production. Everyone is welcome to attend accessible performances, customers experience the full show including the accessible services. Find out more about Access at Nottingham Playhouse here.