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.
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