Shooting With Light Exposes An Extraordinary Life At The Civic

In a world where 2.5 billion photographs are taken every day Idle Motion bring to life one of the most remarkable untold stories of our time with their production of Shooting With Light.


This fantastic piece of theatre focuses on the work of photojournalist Gerda Taro, a young Jewish German refugee who fled to Paris in 1933 where she became immersed in the world of photography. Discovering the wonder of photography, she fell in love with the struggling young Hungarian photographer André Friedmann who taught 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. In Shooting With Light the company explore the complex relationship between memories frozen in photographs, and those that compose the coursing, surging flux of human consciousness.


Such an engaging and inventive young company […] this show is as heartfelt and passionate as Taro herself.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian.


From small beginnings, having met at school, Idle Motion are still only in their mid-20s but already boasting a considerable body of devised physical theatre which often unearths untold stories that need to be heard.


Shooting With Light is at The Civic on Saturday 8 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 full price and £10 concessions.


For more information and to book visit or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.