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Anna Harpin


Anna is a theatre maker and academic. She works as writer and director with the company. Her recent writing credits include I Could’'ve Been Better, You’re not doing it right, and Isle of Shame (Idiot Child). She has directed all of Idiot Child’s work to date and other recent directing credits include You Sort of Disappear (Trinity, Bristol) and collaborating on Yours Truly, Arnold Binns with Malcolm Hamilton. Alongside this she lectures at Warwick University.

Susie Riddell


Susie is co-director of Idiot Child, and performs in the company's productions.

Susie trained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Theatre includes Other Desert Cities (The Old Vic), Knife Act (Birmingham Rep/HEARTH), You’re Not Doing It Right (Idiot Child/Tobacco Factory), Choking Hazard (Idiot Child/ Bristol Old Vic), Rabbit Ears and Nostalgia (Theatre West), Beauty & the Beast (Creation Theatre), Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Macbeth (Oddsocks Productions).

Susie has been a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company twice and has played lead roles in Frankenstein, 1984, Mrs Dalloway, The Great Gatsby and Tamburlaine amongst many others. She plays Tracy Horrobin in The Archers. Television includes: Gavin & Stacey, Doctors, Emmerdale, Saxondale. She sings with the City of London Choir.

Her other job is being mum to her toddling daughter.

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Idiot Child is a theatre company based in Bristol who make playful and peculiar work about how hard it is to be alive sometimes. They create unusual stories based on autobiography and always place the audience at the centre of their work.


The company formed in 2009 and we have made 5 shows in this time: Nostalgia, Choking Hazard, Isle of Shame, I could’ve been better, and You’re not doing it right. The company are currently creating a new piece of work about fear and anxiety called What if the plane falls out of the sky? This will open in Bristol in May, tour nationally and then go to the Edinburgh Fringe.


Idiot Child tells stories about ordinary people and ordinary lives in extraordinary manners. We find the beauty and weirdness in the everyday and try to make work that asks how you are feeling.

Who we are...

Charlie Parker


Charlie is an Exeter based independent theatre producer and Associate Producer for Bristol Old Vic. She has previously worked as Executive Director & Deputy CEO for The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter and Creative Learning Manager for Milton Keynes Theatre. She has an MA in Drama Directing from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and  BA in Arts Management from Oxford Brookes University.

As well as her work with Idiot Child, Charlie also works with Scratchworks Theatre Company, Dreadnought South West, Quirk Theatre, Running Dog and Documental Theatre. / @misscaparker

Adam Fuller


Adam is a widely experienced theatre practitioner and has been touring as a performer and puppeteer for the past twelve years. He works regularly with companies including Pickled Image, Soap Soup, and Green Ginger. Adam is also a co-founder and director of Open Attic Company and directed their first family show Much Ado About Puffin, which is currently touring the U.K. Adam also helped devise and directed the hugely successful Goldilock Stock and Three Smoking Bears for The Wardrobe Theatre.

Emma Keaveney-Roys


Emma is a performer and theatrical idea engine with a hankering for improvised comedy. She is an associate artist of the Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol and has devised and performed in many of their shows such as Goldilock, Stock and the Three Smoking Bears and most recently Rocky: A Horror Show. She has also worked with various theatre companies, been in various fringe films and various rock bands. 

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