The Idiots

by Lars von Trier

“A quick summary? It was about shagging as many as possible as quickly as possible.”

Based on the Lars von Trier film of the same title, The Idiots follows a group of young people who share one interest: idiocy. Deciding to take up arms against existing social norms by pretending to be “idiots” they spend all their spare time together exploring the hidden and less appreciated values of idiocy. They practice!

But when members of the group meet Karen, she becomes embroiled in their game, and begins to participate in their diversions…

Directed by Gavin Quinn
Translated by
Stephanie Kate Burgarth
Designed by
Aedín Cosgrove and Andrew Clancy
Produced by
Aoife White
Sound design by
Ciaran Eaton & Jimmy Eadie

Sarah Brennan, Phyllis Carthy, Niamh Clancy, Michelle Cleary, Fiona Colhoun, Cecil Coughlan, Katy Davis, Derrick Devine, Victor Feldman, Bernie Fitzgerald, Sandy Fitzgerald, David Fitzpatrick, Michael Gannon, Raymond Gately, Daphne Henry, Des Hickey, Mark Hutchinson, David Johnston, Aidan Jordan, Eileen Kavanagh, Edward Kelly, Sonya Kelly, Justin Keys, Louisa Looms, Jan Mahon, Mary Mahon, John McCarthy, John McClafferty, Rohan McShane, Susie Meyer, Bush Moukarzel, Chloe Ní Dhuada, Will O’Connell, Dylan Tighe and Camilla Wilcock.

“Confrontational from its opening moments … sincerely experimental”
The Guardian

The Idiots is not really a play. It is more like a social experiment … From the very beginning, The Idiots will not be easy to watch.”
The Irish Times


  • 50th Dublin International Theatre Festival, Project Arts Centre, Ireland