Here we have collected all of the invitations to Devoted and Disgruntled 15. A chance to catch up on why people are coming and what might be discussed this year. Scroll down to see the full set, and you can then add your own. Check back soon as we will be adding more invitations as the event gets closer. 

An invitation from Lee Simpson, Co-Artistic Director of Improbable:

We ask this question (or a version of it) every year. Every year we invite you to come and work in Open Space on this question because, so far, there’s always been so much to be Devoted to, so much to be Disgruntled about and so much more work to do.
Nine years ago our version of the question began, “Singing in the Dark Times....” because back in 2011 we thought things were really bad. 
Yea. I know.
We’re still Devoted, still Disgruntled but more than anything, oh so Divided. As this country dislocates from reality, I would guess I am not alone being mired in anxiety, fear, anger, helplessness but worse than that, I feel the volcanic force of friendship-ending conflict surge to the surface when I, maybe, read a tweet or I hear something on the news and I “know what so-and-so will think about that”. It’s not just us and them anymore, it’s me and you.
But the world is entirely different when I do the work that matters to me. Because then I connect with people and also with a deeper, more eternal something and, despite the maelstrom of bullshit swirling around us all, I have my part to play. 
D&D does that for me. We come together as a community and I get strength to keep on keeping on. Not because we all know the answer and we all agree but because we have different opinions or perhaps no opinion at all yet when we meet in Open Space, from this multiplicity of voices comes clarity. Actions seem obvious and possible. My path opens up and I know what to do. 
And there is so much to do. 
For what it’s worth I think Theatre is in a fantastic amount of trouble. By the time you read this, goodness knows what political events have happened and how much more precarious the funding situation is; there’s been some tiny shifts towards a slightly less middle-class-white-male dominated sector yet already some are claiming it is “job done” when it really isn’t and this art form is, I reckon, getting less and less connected to anyone beyond its traditional constituency. I mean COME ON?!
Those are some of the things I think it is urgent that we work on. What about you? Open Space is simple. You decide what you work on, you decide where you go, you set the agenda and for the first time you decide what you pay to come along.
Join us in Open Space. It’s what you can do.
An invitation from Tarek Iskander, Artistic Director and CEO of Battersea Arts Centre:

I think theatre is at a turning point.
We are close to taking a path that will leave us much stronger, more pioneering and a great deal more important to people’s lives. Or the opposite.
The signs are good. Those who have historically had little benefit from arts funding are starting to feel the positives. Look in every nook and there are hopeful signs. The Arts Council’s new strategy. Communities taking more power and control of decision making. Rapidly diversifying leadership. Radical moves in improving access. Serious action on environmental impact.
But it also feels fragile. It wouldn’t take much for our performing arts to regress, to go back to serving the few and the privileged. To become safe and shy away from risk and adventure. So it’s a turning point, and we need to recognise the importance of this moment.
For me Devoted and Disgruntled represents everything that is wonderful about our artform and the people in it. To achieve anything we need to work together, to create a movement of equals that is vital and active. And this can only be done by being together, by disagreeing, by finding points of union, by inhabiting the same space, falling out terribly and reaching common ground. Everyone, whatever their roles, unified in desire and passion to create something better.
It’s idealistic for sure. But Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall makes you feel anything is possible. It has always been a home for radicals who refused to accept the status quo. Bertrand Russell, the Suffragettes, John Archer… all came here to share new ideas and create a better, fairer future. They fought impossible odds, but nothing was insurmountable. Our current challenges in theatre are significant, mammoth even… but they aren’t insurmountable. Not now. Not together.
I can’t wait for us to meet in February at BAC and keep mapping a path. Every Devoted & Disgruntled I walk away inspired and motivated to do better. So let’s fill the room with those we hear from the least but need to spend time with the most. And let’s be brave, be bold and even a bit rebellious if we need to be. This hall was destroyed by fire, but generous acts meant that it came back more beautiful. The walls have scars but are creating new memories every day. As a sector we’ve been burned many times, but we’re still fighting hard. And winning. Now is our time to show how beautiful and universal theatre can really be.
You can post your own invitations to this event below in the comments, or on your own platforms and social media. Writing your own invitation is a chance to share with other people why you're coming, and what topics you think it's important to discuss this year. Let's start the conversation now.
An invitation from Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence, of Bunny Productions:

An invitation from Chris Grady (Participant):

I love D&D. It is my personal retreat, amidst a sea of people, to wonder aloud (or in silence) about the world today, what my art and creative producing might look like in the future, what is missing, what is there in abundance, what is still being talked about after many years, what is fresh just at the time of someone opening their mind or heart. A chance to slow my paddling below the surface for a moment, and look around. I remember my first time, and I still have a feeling of trepidation when I go into this space where everyone seems to know each other, and know more than I do. I just settle down quietly, listen, (not panic) and within a couple of hours as the first sessions start, I feel I am in the right place with the right people at the right time. I recommend it to everyone who works, or aspires to work, in the business we call theatre.

At a time of political, environmental, climactic, and social upheaval the arts may be needed more than ever. We can entertain, we can delight, we can educate, we can inspire, we can open up difficult conversations, sometimes we can even make money and bring business links and opportunities through tourism and social enrichment. We can thing outside any box any government chooses to try to put us in, and we can talk to the world beyond our doors. Whoever you are, however devoted or disgruntled you may be, I recommend 2-3 days in the company of "whoever comes".

See you there. And if anyone wants to know more about D&D or to have someone to say hello to when you visit for the first time, just get in touch [email protected] Remember to bring your own mug, and remember too that it is alright to use your two feet to step away from discussions and find somewhere quiet just to have a cuppa.

An invitation from Chloe Mashiter, a creative freelancer in theatre and gaming and co-creator of Adventurers Wanted (Participant):

Looking ahead to the next annual D&D weekend always makes me feel positive. Ever since 2013, when I first went to one, the weekenders have always left me feeling both inspired and grounded - full of new ideas, but also fresh perspectives on how to go about achieving them. This annual event never fails to expand the community I work with, embolden me in my plans for the coming year, and renew my faith in this industry.
I've found it so valuable to begin the year by meeting new people who also care deeply about the performing arts, and re-connecting with those I might not have seen in recent months. D&D opens up space for the kind of frank but hopeful conversations that are so important to have, being realistic about the challenges of working in this industry but joining up to find solutions. It's always heartening to be in a room full of people ready to share their knowledge and creativity with each other, and it's brilliant how much easier that makes it to ask for help and advice.
D&D has also been where I've gained a sharper sense, year on year, of where I fit in in the wider performance landscape. To call a session - to say ‘I care about this, who else does?’ - is such a brilliantly immediate way to find allies and collaborators. To hear everyone else’s sessions reveals what it is that you’re doing that’s unique and unusual. To wander in and out of sessions exposes your tastes - where your priorities lie, and what you should be dedicating your time to.
D&D is one of the events in the year that makes me feel endlessly optimistic about theatre and the performing arts, and the more people there, the more ripples it can cause.

An invitation from Annette Brook, Playwright:

Nagging doubts?
I don’t get it...
I won’t know anyone...
I’m not far enough along in my career...
I’m too far along in my career...
How will this help?

I first attended D&D in 2016. The only reason I hadn’t gone before was because I hadn’t gone. Let me explain.
D&D is a glorious, generous space in which you can talk, listen, think, consider, agree, challenge, disagree, celebrate stuff related to the performing arts and all the intersectionalities of life that feed into them.
I love wondering what topics will be called; I love wondering what new people I’ll meet; I love the free tea; I love bringing my own mug that says ‘keep glam and rock on’; I love how accessible it is; I love that you could be discussing funding one minute, Dungeons and Dragons the next and working class theatre after that. The open space format allows for topics to be discussed that might turn into bun fights on social media but face to face become conversations, decisions, friendships.
To come out of your house at the start of the year (when it is tempting to hibernate), to come together, to be heard or to listen are powerful things. I’ve attended every year since I decided to give it a go.
So if you’ve nagging doubts fine... even more reason to join in and discuss them.
Here is a space for everyone.
See you there!

An invitation from Daniel York Loh, actor and writer:

Is theatre a means to affect change or mere entertainment? Ideally can we say both? When we face off with an authoritarian regime will those of us privileged enough opt for one over the other as a means to survive and prosper?
In my opinion we are currently in the midst of the biggest global culture war in living memory. We face the fight of our lives for the very things most of us claim to hold dear.
As a British East Asian theatre artist I feel a massive responsibility to raise the issues that are currently blazing in that part of the world. But does the British theatre establishment want those issues on their stages, and raised by diasporic artists, while they’re live and occurring? Or would it rather wait till those events becomes geopolitical history and acclaimed White creatives can define them from what would be perceived as an “objective distance”? Or are they too intimidated to platform these issues? Do British East Asian artists want this responsibility?
East Asian spaces everywhere have become contested. But does our Arts Council prefer to fund organisations that do their level-best to render our theatre space as uncontested as possible?
There’s a temptation for the White Western Gaze to glaze over when reading the two paragraphs above. It can appear “niche” and overly insular (ironic when we’re talking about such a large swathe of humanity and geography). But these are issues that affect us all. The rise of authoritarianism is worldwide and each strain of it feeds off the other. Can theatre as an art form step up to this rising threat with as diverse, bold, defiant and empowered voices as we can find and allow to be heard?
Open Space D&D is a place where discussions can be had, issues addressed, networks formed and creative partnerships forged. If you’ve never been I would urge you to go. That thing you’ve always thought should be discussed can be. If you initiate it. Be part of the conversation. Be a fire starter.

    In partnership with Battersea Arts Centre