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Idle Discourse Limited

Company No: 11244485

Director: Daniel Martin

Secretary: Nina Flitman

'startlingly original'

Idle Discourse is a London-based storytelling company founded in 2016.

The company is inspired by Beckett’s call to action in his seminal play Waiting for Godot: the plea from Vladimir that they must make the most of life through doing things, to change the world. “Let us not waste our time in idle discourse! Let us do something, while we have the chance!”

It’s debatable whether they ever actually manage to do anything – and Beckett knew this.

All we can do whilst we are on this planet is engage in some idle discourse, and the art of storytelling has its provenance in this. The nights we idly discourse away are the ones where true progression is made; the chats in the pub when we put the world to rights; anecdotes from friends and family; ghost stories by the fireside; an evening at the theatre.

We revel in the chance to waste our time in idle discourse —we hope you’ll join us.

Stories

 
Tales from Star City (2019)
Axolotl
The Comedy of Errors
The Chainsaw Manicure (2018)
Tales from Star City (2018)
The Signalman
The Chainsaw Manicure (2017)
Pericles
Steel Tumbleweed
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Testimonials

 

'A startlingly original piece of new writing and a thumping debut... By focusing on four authentic characters, Dawes may well have unlocked a wider truth about the human condition... Go and see it whilst you have the chance. And then see it again... But take a friend.'

- London Theatre 1

Partners

 

We are very fortunate to have worked with, or been supported by, the following venues and companies.

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We are always keen to collaborate with new partners, so please don't hesitate to get in touch here.

Team

 

DAN DAWES

Artistic Director

Dan co-founded Idle Discourse in 2016. He is a writer and director, having formerly worked as an actor for five years. He is also a qualified teacher. Dan read Education with English and Drama at the University of Cambridge and grew up in Portsmouth. He identifies as working class and is keen to support the work of other artists from similar backgrounds. Dan sits on the board of Green Shoes Arts, a company that provides classes for disadvantaged children and facilitates workshops to adults with learning difficulties.

NINA FLITMAN

Producer

Nina is one of the founders of Idle Discourse, and has worked as a producer on every project to date. She also sits on the Board of Trustees at The Questors Theatre, Ealing - the largest community theatre in Europe. Nina read English and Classics at the University of Durham, and has an MPhil in Medieval Literature from the University of Cambridge. When not working in the theatre, Nina is a senior editor at a financial publication, writing about syndicated loans and leveraged finance. 

FREQUENT COLLABORATORS

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NATASHA VASANDANI

Videography

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JULIAN STARR

Sound Design / Production Management

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SARA PAGE

Choreography

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MATT PART

Sound Design / Composition

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TOM GRACE

Videography

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CLAIRE DURRANT

Design Consultancy

We are always looking to collaborate with people who share our passion for exceptional storytelling. So if you're a creative and wish to work with us, please get in touch.

Contact

 

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