Shooting With Light

Since the invention of photography we have collectively taken over 3.5 trillion photographs.

Total Theatre Award nominated Idle Motion search within these snapshots to expose one of the most remarkable untold stories of our age. 

It is 1933 and a young German refugee flees to Paris, reinventing herself as Gerda Taro. Discovering the wonder of photography, she falls in love with a fellow refugee who teaches her, ‘if your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough’. Together they venture to the Spanish Civil War and capture the tyranny of fascism. As pioneers of frontline photo journalism, he would go on to receive international recognition as the iconic war photographer Robert Capa - she would be forgotten. 

Using innovative staging, physicality and multimedia, internationally renowned company Idle Motion piece together the life of an exceptional woman, glimpsed through the lost photographs she risked her life to take.

Idle Motion are a New Diorama Associate Ensemble. This production is supported by the New Diorama Emerging Companies Fund, The Lowry, Salford, Greenwich Theatre and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Idle Motion are one of the countries leading visual theatre companies who tour nationally and internationally to critical acclaim.

Integrating creative and playful stagecraft with innovative video projection and beautiful physicality, their productions are humorous, evocative and sensitive pieces of theatre which leave a lasting impression on their audiences. Their collaborative relationship is at the centre of all that they do and are proud to be an Associate Company at the New Diorama Theatre and the Oxford Playhouse.

Idle Motion are a young company with big ideas and a huge passion for creating exciting, beautiful new work.


★★★★ "a fitting tribute executed with bags of flair and invention" Time Out

★★★★★ "A masterclass in staging, narrative and theatrical imagination" WhatsOnStage on The Vanishing Horizon