“Let us not waste our time in idle discourse! Let us do something, while we have the chance!” - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
Idle Discourse is a nascent London-based storytelling company founded in 2016 by actor, director and playwright Dan Dawes.
The company is inspired by Beckett’s call to action in his seminal play: the plea from Vladimir that they must make the most of life through doing things, to change the world. It’s debatable whether they ever actually manage to do anything – and it is this debate that fascinates.
The art of theatre finds its provenance amongst the idle discourse of humanity. It is where true progression can be made, where we can discover our greatest insights about life, where we can laugh and cry, and find out what it is to be human. It is a place where the universe can understand itself.
If we, through our paltry attempts, can merely touch the surface of this place, we’ll have done more than we ever thought possible.
by Dan Dawes
The Soviet Union. 1967. The Space Race is at its height. One woman, Polina Semyenova, is at the centre of it all. She is the listener.
Hidden away in the pithily named ‘Closed Military Townlet No. 1’, Polina looks back on her dreams of being part of the great Communist movement, during one of the most dramatic decades of the Cold War.
Join Polina as she reaches for the stars, and journeys through some of the brightest and darkest moments of the Space Race.
A stunning new play by Dan Dawes, Tales from Star City runs at The Tabard Theatre, Chiswick from February 20 to March 10.
20 February – 10 March 2018
Tickets £14 / £10
"The dark play is a strong starter, with well-timed comedy right up until that awful moment we realise it just isn’t funny anymore and the subject matter kicks in. All four characters have that beautiful English way of laughing at their own anguish whether it be University, love or just general hopelessness at the heart of it. The quite rightly anonymously named cast all portrayed teens I swear I’ve met before... Gifted performers working with promising writing is always a good thing. Not a show to lift one’s mood, but perhaps a show to open one’s eyes."
"A startlingly original piece of new writing and a thumping debut...Writer Dan Dawes takes a Freudian concept; the normalisation of repulsive, dehumanised behaviour; and applies it to a contemporary tragedy; a cluster of teenage suicides in South Wales. He seeks the dramatic truth behind these stories. By focusing on four authentic characters, he 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."