About Devoted & Disgruntled

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


Author: Sarah Grange

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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

  • How can we break the cycle of hatred?

    My question as you can see by the title is a very big one and one that can sometimes seem very unachievable; just leading to more questions that just call for answers. However it is something I am very passionate about and believe is achievable; I just don't know how yet. It was so comforting and inspiring to see so many people as passionate as me about this issue, because it is an issue a huge one in fact. Read more

  • How can we better support people with mental health needs when they're touring / working away from home?

    I decided to call this session in delayed response to a really difficult experience several years ago, of experiencing a mental health crisis while working away from home, on a solo show, meaning that I had no company support around me. It was a dangerous situation and when I reached out to my host organization for help, the response was so inadequate as to make matters worse. Read more

  • How can venues support producers to grow?

    Over the last five to ten years there has been a huge proliferation of artist development schemes. However, there are far fewer opportunities for producers to benefit from the same kind of support as they're developing their career or cutting their teeth. At The Lowry (where I lead artist development), we've started thinking about how we might support artists and producers side by side in the same programme. So I called this session to ask - what would good support for producers look like? Read more

  • how can theatre help to create a sense of comunity, with fanky mandalovitch

    yanai peri, 14 January 2017 fanky mandalovitch describes the conversation. here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nktaSQrbTgc Read more

  • How can producers connect with artists/companies?

    A number of artists spoke of not knowing how to work with producers or not knowing how to find them or what they could expect from them. Some artists who had worked with independent producers shared their experiences. And some independent producers asked how they could support artists wanting to produce work when they couldn’t necessarily take on the projects. Kate McGrath from Fuel which produces independent artists said as a NPO (Arts Council funded) organisation it wanted to help artist... Read more

Upcoming events

  • Devoted & Disgruntled satellite: What are we going to do about the performing arts in Havering and South Essex?

    A free evening satellite D&D event hosted by Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch Read more

  • 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