Idle Discourse | London-based, international, storytelling company
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Welcome to Idle Discourse

“Idle discourse... while we have the chance!”

Idle Discourse: an eclectic multi-platform storytelling company, that sparks discussion, collaborates creatively, and fosters community connections.

Idle Discourse is a London-based theatre 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.

What’s on

Coming soon from Idle Discourse…


by William Shakespeare


Mayhem, mischief and mistaken identities in the Bard’s best comedy!
Two sets of estranged twins, one long lost father, and lots of very, very confused locals –it can only be Shakespeare’s fabulous farce The Comedy of Errors.

When Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio are washed up on the shore of Ephesus, little do they know that they have found the land where their long-lost identical twin brothers also live. A madcap adventure of mistaken identity and angry wives ensues –but will they all live happily ever after?

The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare’s most fun plays, so prepare for clowning, confusion, and maybe even some chaos. This bold new production from Idle Discourse offers an energetic and accessible interpretation of the play.

It will be performed for two nights only at The Questors Theatre before transferring to the Baroque castle theatre at Valtice, in the Czech Republic.

1 – 2 June 2018


Tickets £18 / £14 for members of The Questors Theatre

Past productions

Find out more about some of the recent shows created by Idle Discourse.


Who we are

Dan Dawes
Founder, playwright, director, actor

Actor, director and playwright Dan Dawes co-founded the theatre company, and wrote and directed the company’s first production; Steel Tumbleweed.