Idle Discourse | A nascent London-based storytelling company
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Welcome to Idle Discourse

“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.

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 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

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.