About Us

nabokov are a cross art form narrative led company who use different mediums to tell contemporary and political stories. We are dedicated to reinventing the form of theatre to reflect the diverse experiences of our time.

nabokov believe that theatre should be in our communities, in spaces from car parks, on the streets, in rooms above pubs, on public transport, in nightclubs and festivals and not just restricted to the traditional theatre space.

Our mission is to ensure that the event of theatre is for all and reflects the current experiences and diverse voices of our generation.

nabokov has a 16-year history of discovering, developing and producing new talent and creating award-winning productions and distinctive theatrical events. Under the leadership of Stef O’Driscoll and Liz Counsell the company has a bold artistic vision to champion diverse voices, to reach new audiences with new theatrical forms that reflect their experiences.

If you would like to talk to us about a project, support us or just say hello, please go to our contact page.


Stef O’Driscoll
Artistic Director


Liz Counsell


Push Things Forward Collective


Three of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies have joined forces to set fire to expectations of what a night at the theatre can be for new audiences.

The Push Things Forward Collective is Middle Child, nabokov and Not Too Tame, three companies who believe that theatre needs urgent change in order to remain relevant and popular.

They are united in a desire to do things differently and find new ways of creating live events that focus on attracting those people who feel alienated by theatre.

They all share in common an interest in using non-traditional spaces and experimenting with form to make work that tells ‘untold’ stories.

The Collective will meet regularly to discuss new forms of theatre and how to identify and develop audiences, as well as support each other’s organisational development.

Middle Child artistic director, Paul Smith, said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside two of the most progressive, forward-thinking companies in the country to create theatre that is a good night out and which appeals to everyone. We look forward to starting fires together.”

nabokov Artistic Director, Stef O’Driscoll, said: “ We are hyped to to be joining forces with these guys to share ideas and resources. Our shared vision of making the arts social brought us together and we are stronger as a consortium challenging and supporting each other to reinvent theatre that reflects the diverse experiences and stories of our time. Exciting times. POW!

Not Too Tame artistic director, Jimmy Fairhurst, said: “These are the kinds of alliances that put fire in the belly and adrenaline in the veins of any artist. We’re proud and excited to partner with companies that understand the importance of hearing the voices of unsung heroes and telling tales that are rarely heard in today’s theatres. Together we can share, learn and create new and vibrant ways to make theatre the first choice for an exhilarating night out!”

To talk to us about the collective feel free to drop Liz a line at liz@nabokov-online.com

Why not visit our partners in The Push Things Forward Collective? Go on!