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Theatre director John Wright is acutely aware of the dangers of self- indulgence. Despite working within physical theatre, he hastily distances his company, Told by an Idiot, from those nightmarish shows in which actors have a deeply meaningful experience and audiences are baffled. Critics and audiences agree with him. Their last show, On the Verge of Exploding, was described as "spellbinding" and "such a fabulous piece of theatre you think you're going to burst." Wright refuses to take credit for the work, praising instead the spontaneity and inventiveness of his actors, Hayley Carmichael, Paul Hunter and Javier Marzin (below) whose CVs read like a roll-call of the theatrical giants: Peter Brook, Theatre de Complicite, Mike Alfreds. Wright sees his job as being about making sure there's a really strong narrative but trying to tell the story in the least obvious way. "I don't have a method. I just pinch things that work for me."

`I'm So Big - A Brutally Comic Fable' opens at BAC, Lavender Hill, SW11 on Tues (0171-223 2223)