New Diorama have two resident ensembles who are based and premiere all their work at NDT. Our current resident ensembles are PIT and Idle Motion.

Later in 2016, thanks to a grant from The Theatres Trust, New Diorama will have some new office space in our garden space. This space will be used to create more resident ensembles, providing free office space for several groups.  


PIT was co-founded by New Diorama's Artistic Director, David Byrne, and performer Leah Milner in 2003. In 2004/5 PIT won the Writers' Guild and List Magazine Awards for Drama and since then they've won prizes and shortlist mentions from The Sunday Times, National Student Drama Festival and many others.

Their production, The Dark Room, was the first presented at New Diorama Theatre and received four and five stars reviews as well as being nominated for Best Director at the OffWestEnd Awards.

Before that, A Stroke of Genius, was part of Arts Council England's Escalator East to Edinburgh Showcase and was awarded and supported by the Pleasance Theatre's Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund. PIT's 2013 show Kubrick3 was a huge Edinburgh success, winning the Les Enfants Terribles award and receiving four and five star reviews in the national press. 

PIT's latest show, Down & Out in Paris and London opened at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015 and returns to London in 2016. 

★★★★ The Times on PIT


Idle Motion

Idle Motion have presented all of their past productions at NDT; Borges and I, The Vanishing HorizonThat Is All You Need To KnowThe Seagull Effect and their internation hit Shooting With Light

Idle Motion create highly visual theatre that places human stories at the heart of their work. 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.

From small beginnings, having met at school, they have grown rapidly as a company over the last six years, producing five shows that have toured extensively both nationally and internationally to critical acclaim. Their collaborative relationship is at the centre of all that they do and they are proud to be a Resident Ensemble at New Diorama Theatre and Associate Company at Oxford Playhouse

"Rarely do we see sheer, unbridled creativity and pure inspiration both in story and execution."
★★★★★ Time Out Beijing on Idle Motion