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Devoted & Disgruntled is a nationwide conversation about theatre and the performing arts, run by theatre company Improbable.

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Run by theatre company Improbable, Devoted & Disgruntled is an ongoing conversation using Open Space Technology, giving theatre and performing arts practitioners the space and time they need to create positive change. 

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Latest reports

  • Looking for seriously FUNNY plays/actors/directors for a late night fringe production

    I want to produce a night of contemporary short, funny plays. Funny doesn't have to be light and fluffy, it can be interesting and deep. But it has to be hysterical. We agreed that comedic theatre is not regarded as “real” theatre and it's often lumped in together with stand up comedy or sketch comedy. Comedic theatre can be relevant and important, as is every bit as difficult as “serious theatre”, if not more so. Read more

  • Joan Littlewood's Centenary, October 2014 : A Thing

    A thing. Not a revival (there'll be plenty of those) and not a biopic either, but a thing that utilises the passion, the politics, the drive, the enthusiasm, the theatre of Theatre Workshop, as a celebration, an investigation. And whatever else it might become. Read more

  • Is there a demand for minority theatre?

    Is there actually a demand for minority theatre or are we just pretending? I asked this question because I wanted to hear opinions in what I felt would be an open-minded, honest environment. As I see it, the theatre scene is overcrowded, with everyone searching for their own unique selling point. There also seems to be a significant movement of people who want theatre to be more diverse and to represent the country's changing identity - so why is this not happening? Read more

  • Is One on One Theatre Still Exciting?

    Interesting? Yes Exciting? No It's over: 2008-2010, it's had it's day. Don't approach it as a motivation for making work, the idea has to come first. Festivals are the only ones who can afford it now. And outdoor arts international scene where there is money. Read more

  • Interactive Theatre

    A couple of sessions this weekend got me thinking about Interactive Theatre, particularly the session of ‘How to Use an Audience’, where the topic was discussed under a much broader title. I wanted to focus a little bit more on the term, to break down its meaning and uses, and just to hear other other peoples' experience of Interactive Theatre. Also, having been unable to find the ‘Fine Art/Theatre’ session or report, I wanted to ask about the use of other artform in theatre... Read more

Upcoming events

  • D&D: What Can We All Do to Build a More Sustainable Fringe for Everyone?

    Part of the Fringe Central Programme for Fringe participants. Artist, technician, venue staff or audience member – you’ll know the pains as well as the joys of the Fringe. This is your chance to help make the Fringe work better for the very people who give it reason. You. Bring your own questions and ideas – you set the agenda and nothing is censored. An open space – come for as much or as little as you want. Read more

  • Devoted & Disgruntled: What are we doing to really support well-being in the performing arts?

    A free satellite D&D Open Space hosted by Tangle at Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects Read more