It’s Not A Sprint

Presented by NOVAE theatre

‘Today is the day I make a decision Today is the day I run. And you. You shut up!'

Meet Maddy, a typical millennial. Bad at life admin and celebrating her 30th birthday by running a marathon - tied to a balloon. But this is more that just a race. It's a battle. As a woman she is worn down. As a marathon runner, unprepared. By the finish line she needs to have made a decision. Yes or no.

Following a highly successful run at Edinburgh Fringe 2018 (nominated as one of The Guardian's 'Best Shows to See'), internationally renowned Idle Motion return with this ★★★★★ hit from sister company NOVAE theatre. Directed by Ellie Simpson (New Diorama's 'Secret Life of Humans') this is female led new work inventive in its form and astonishing in its delivery.

With writer and performer Grace Chapman running on stage throughout, this is a celebration of our ability to just keep on going. An uproarious, 26.2 mile, one woman tour de force.

Theatre & Performance
19:4027 Feb — 03 Mar
Brick Hall - The Vaults, Leake Street
1hr 00m
Combo OfferDramaMember OfferMovementSolo Performer
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About the company

NOVAE theatre

NOVAE theatre is the new sister company to internationally renowned physical and visual ensemble Idle Motion, previously Resident Ensemble at New Diorama and Associate Company at Oxford Playhouse and The Lowry.

Led by Ellie Simpson and Grace Chapman, NOVAE theatre are dedicated to producing female led new work inventive in its form and astonishing in its delivery. We exist to tell stories which resonate with modern society, with a keen focus on female experiences. Our fifteen-year collaborative partnership and friendship is at the heart of everything we do.

'It’s Not A Sprint' was made with support from the Space, New Diorama Theatre and Arts Council England.

Grace Chapman
Writer / Performer and 
Co-Artistic Director of NOVAE theatre and Idle Motion.

Short plays include 'Beneath The Weeds' (The Lion & Unicorn Theatre, 2017) 'The Barricade' (Theatre503 Rapid Write Response, 2017) and 'Fixture' (VAULTS Theatre, 2018). Full length plays include 'The Acceptance Speech' (Longlisted for the Bread & Roses Playwriting Award), ★★★★★ Edinburgh Fringe 2018 hit 'It’s Not A Sprint' (the Space / Pleasance) and 'Don't Look Away' (Longlisted for the Papatango Playwriting Award - currently in development). Theatre Manager at the Space, supporting artists and engaging audiences.

Ellie Simpson
Director / Producer and 
Co-Artistic Director of NOVAE theatre and Idle Motion.

Assistant-directed alongside David Byrne, Artistic, New Diorama Theatre, on 'Secret Life of Humans' a co-production with the Pleasance, which transferred off-Broadway in Summer 2018 and co-produced the recent revival of Contractions by Mike Bartlett in collaboration with Deafinitely Theatre Company, one of the UK’s leading deaf theatre companies. Previously assisted play write and practitioner Steven Berkoff. Current Associate Producer at the Pleasance.


Writer / Performer: Grace Chapman
Director / Producer: Ellie Simpson
Assistant Director: Anna Dominian
Movement Consultant: Julian Spooner
Assistant Producer: Fiona Bradley
Sound Designer: Chris Bartholomew
Lighting Designer: Greg Cebula

Press & Reviews

The Guardian. Selected as 'Best Shows at the Edinburgh Festival 2018.’ 'A psychological tussle on stage ... an insistent feminist pulse beats throughout.'
The Scotsman. ★★★★ 'A show that will run and run’
Upcoming. ★★★★★ ‘A fascinating exploration of age... more laughs per minute than many stand up sets’
Edinburgh Guide. ★★★★
Reviews Hub. ★★★★

Praise for previous productions

Time Out. ★★★★★ ‘Unbridled creativity and pure inspiration’
The Stage. ‘Beautiful, accomplished, innovative physical theatre’
What's on Stage ★★★★★
The List ★★★★
Broadway Baby ★★★★

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