NOVAE theatre

It's Not A Sprint

Idle Motion's sister company present their Edinburgh Fringe debut


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 a life admin and celebrating her 30th birthday by running a marathon - tied to a balloon. But this is more than 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.

Internationally renowned Idle Motion are returning to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer with a premiere from sister company NOVAE theatre. Directed by Ellie Simpson (Assistant Director on New Diorama’s international hit ‘The Secret Life of Humans’) this is female led new work inventive in its form and astonishing in its delivery.

With writer / performer Grace Chapman set to run four marathons over the course of the Fringe, It’s Not A Sprint is a celebration of our ability to just keep going. An uproarious, 26.2 mile, one woman tour de force.

Jackdome / Pleasance Dome (Venue 23) / 3rd - 26th August (not 14th or 21st) / 1:30pm / 50 minutes


NOVAE theatre is Grace Chapman and Ellie Simpson. Sister company to Idle Motion, NOVAE theatre produce female led new work inventive in its form and astonishing in its delivery. We are theatre makers, writers, performers and friends. We want to give voice, humour and physicality to the issues we've found impact upon us, our society and the women we know working visually to tell bold stories based on real life experiences. Our fifteen year collaborative partnership and friendship is at the heart of everything we do.

Grace Chapman, Co-Artistic Director of NOVAE theatre and Idle Motion. Playwright and Producer

Short plays include Beneath The Weeds (The Lion & Unicorn Theatre, 2017) The Barricade (Theatre503 Rapid Write Response, 2017), It’s Not A Sprint (The One Festival at the Space, 2018) and Fixture (VAULTS Theatre, 2018). Full length plays include The Acceptance Speech (Longlisted for the Bread & Roses Playwriting Award) and Leave to Remain (Longlisted for the Papatango Playwriting Award) which is currently in development. Theatre and Marketing Manager at the Space, supporting artists and engaging audiences, whilst carving her career as a professional playwright.

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

Assistant-directed alongside David Byrne, Artistic and Executive Director of New Diorama, on SECRET LIFE OF HUMANS a co-production with the Pleasance, transferring off-Broadway in Spring 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. Worked at New Diorama Theatre as Associate Producer. Current Producer for Blind Summit.

Supported by - New Diorama and the Space. We are grateful to Arts Council England for their continued support and thank you to our benefactors Richard Gladstone and Allan Wilson for their generous support that makes it possible for us to continue with our work.