Idle Motion
Brewery Theatre, The Tobacco Factory

19 February – 2 March 2013

Idle Motion returns to The Tobacco Factory with BORGES AND I, its stunning Total Theatre Award nominated devised piece of physical theatre. The run lasts from 19 February – 2 March 2013 before the show goes on tour around the UK. BORGES AND I is a piece of visual physical theatre that explores the life and work of Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899 –1986). One of the most influential authors of the 20th Century, Borges tragically went blind towards the end of his life as he became Director of The National Library of Argentina. He is widely known for his fascination and obsession with books, writing imaginative stories conjuring forth images of labyrinths, tigers, mirrors and a universe of libraries. Idle Motion bring these evocative stories to the stage through the use of multimedia, inventive staging, 200 books and a haphazard book group in which a couple meet through a shared love of literature.

“Any life is made up of a single moment, the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is. I have imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library” Jorge Luis Borges.

IDLE MOTION was formed in 2007 and is an Associate Company at New Diorama Theatre and The Oxford Playhouse. The actors work closely as an ensemble to create devised shows through workshops and improvisation. Its filmic style is highly visual, creating bold theatrical images on stage with strong narratives and creative use of props and movement. Their previous visits to The Tobacco Factory with THE SEAGULL EFFECT and THE VANISHING HORIZON were much acclaimed.

BORGES AND I is devised by the company and the creative team include:
Hillary – Grace Chapman
Sophie – Sophie Cullen
Jorge Borges – Nicholas Pitt
Gabby – Ellie Simpson
Alice – Kate Stanley
Nick – Joel Gatehouse
Artistic Director – Paul Slater
Technical Manager – Gregory Cebula

Praise for Idle Motion:
“A brilliant emerging company, inventive work with strong storytelling at its heart.” Lyn Gardner, THE GUARDIAN.

“Everything this company does is innovative, articulate and beautifully conceived.” The Scotsman

IDLE MOTION is supported by Arts Council England and The British Council. BORGES AND I is made in Association with New Diorama Theatre and Greenwich Theatre. For further information about Idle Motion visit