The national conversation about the performing arts
A free day-long Open Space for all outdoors arts practitioners and anyone curious to join in. Read more
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
A free evening satellite D&D event hosted by Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch Read more
A free Devoted & Disgruntled event hosted by Punchdrunk Read more
Join us for our 14th annual Devoted & Disgruntled event on 'What are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts?'Read more
A free D&D Ally event run by Brexit Stage Left FestivalRead more
A free satellite D&D event with Mothers Who Make, hosted and supported by Shakespeare's Globe.Read more
A free day-long Open Space for all outdoors arts practitioners and anyone curious to join in.Read more
A free satellite D&D event hosted by The Arts Centre HounslowRead more
A free satellite D&D Open Space hosted by Tangle at Yinka Shonibare's Guest ProjectsRead more
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
A free evening satellite D&D event hosted by Queen's Theatre, HornchurchRead more
A free Devoted & Disgruntled event hosted by PunchdrunkRead more
A free day-long event about improving diversity and accessibility in Opera.Read more
A double-bill with Adventurers Wanted. Join us for a morning of games, and an afternoon of free Devoted & Disgruntled Open Space.Read more
A free evening satellite D&D hosted by RADA with the Diversity School Initiative.Read more
A free Open Space event for anyone who cares about the arts in Sutton, hosted by Arts Network Sutton.Read more
A free satellite D&D Open Space event, hosted by Rich MixRead more
A free satellite D&D, hosted by Omnibus Theatre, ClaphamRead more
A free satellite D&D Open Space event hosted by Central St Martins, All Change, Islington Giving & ClaremontRead more
Join us for our 13th annual Devoted & Disgruntled Open Space.Read more
A free satellite D&D exploring ways to tackle sexual harassment in the industryRead more
For the fourth year running we look forward to welcoming artists and other creative individuals to our Outdoor Arts Creation Space.Read more
How will we all keep Hull's performing arts scene alive and kicking after the bunting comes down?Read more
We are DISCO DISCO - a new theatre company of artists with disabilities, born out of Club Soda in Croydon and led by Drunken Chorus.
We are relative newcomers to the disability arts scene. We’re learning all the time, and we want to connect with other organisations working in disability arts, and with artists and companies with disabilities to work on how we can all connect and support each other: to make friends, connections and future collaborations.Read more
I'm Miranda Debenham and I'm a small scale subsidised producer and marketer. I'm at the start of my career and I'm already frustrated by the gap I see between the commercial and subsidised sectors. It seems to me that there is a giant chasm between the two groups, but that if they could work together both sides could improve their work, and improve our whole industry! Maybe I could even stop referring to them as sides.Read more
The third D&D Open Space event focused on opera; in a challenging time for the arts, how can we change and improve to save the art form?Read more
Our third annual 2-day Open Space for everyone involved in Opera, hosted in partnership with Tête à Tête Opera Festival 2017.Read more
An invitation from Amie Taylor, Editor-in-Chief at The LGBTQ Arts Review
Having run The LGBTQ Arts review for two years, I am thrilled at how much theatre we get invited to that falls under the LGBTQ Theatre umbrella. We have reviewed some 150+ shows over the two years and featured almost as many interviews with artists that identify as LGBT+ or are creating work featuring LGBT+ narratives.Read more
Satellite D&D with Jess and Callan from Equity's Young Member's Committee to address the big issue of working class representation and employment on stage. How can we challenge education, discrimination and funding difficulties working class artists face today?Read more
An invitation from Griffyn Gilligan:
Hello! I’m an actor and theatre maker with ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder. More and more companies and venues are thinking about being accessible to audiences with autism - holding relaxed performances, creating visual guides, and creating work specifically for young people with autism. These steps are just the beginning of some great things.Read more
This is Flo, Artistic Director of The Human Zoo Theatre Company, a Croydon-based touring theatre company, established in 2013, supported by Croydon Council, Arts Council England and TMRW. We've grown up in and around Croydon, but so far as an arts organisation, we've found it difficult to make work here, in our home town.
A satellite D&D - "Old actors. Old age. The more I think about it the harder I find it to distinguish between the process of being an old actor and the business of being an old person."
When old age seems to become a barrier, how do we re-engage with the process and the business?Read more
Regional D&D, with Lighthouse in Poole, exploring how to keep theatre and performing arts in Dorset exciting, supportive and diverse.Read more
The twelfth annual D&D Open Space event asking "what are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts (now)?"Read more
AN INVITATION FROM ABE POPOOLA, ACTOR.
I'm an actor just graduated from RADA and have been frustrated with the homogenisation of people of colours and their diverse stories within dramatic art.Read more
I’m Vera Chok and I’m an actor, writer and performance maker. What has changed since the 2013 D&D on East Asian actors and roles? While East Asians are more visible and have achieved huge successes, I believe that we are still being marginalised despite being the third largest ethnic group in the UK.Read more
The third annual D&D Open Space event focused on outdoor arts. Discussions on how our particular art can be made; in streets, parks, city squares and other outdoor spaces across the country.Read more
Following the previous three D&Ds (Leeds and London) focusing on the impact of leaving the EU on the arts, this Open Space event keeps the conversation going and joins the dots across the country.
In a city that voted in large numbers for remain, how do we reach out and hear different voices?Read more
A one day Open Space event for us to talk all things musical theatre, specifically: how are we going to develop new musical theatre better, to ensure that both the writers and the work can reach their full potential?
Following the previous two D&Ds (Leeds and London) focusing on the impact of leaving the EU on the arts, this Open Space event keeps the conversation going and joins the dots across the country.Read more
A satellite D&D event, with GLYPT's Young Creative Board, asking "how can we sustain ourselves? How can we sustain each other?"Read more
Basingstoke and Deane Local Authority want to hear from us!
We (the artistic community) are exactly the right people to tell the council how it feels to be an artist based here and what issues are close to our hearts, and to ask how, beyond funding, can they support us to develop.Read more
In light of Brexit, this D&D focuses on the impact of leaving the EU on the arts. Read more
In light of Brexit, this D&D will focus on the impact of leaving the EU on the arts. Read more
Satellite D&D asking how we can form collaborations with other artists across Europe, and beyond. Read more
Satellite D&D with James Brining, Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Exploration of how to work across traditional boundaries between disciplines. Inspired by the co-production of Opening Skinner's Box.Read more
The second D&D Open Space event focused on opera; in a challenging time for the arts, how can we change and improve to save the art form?Read more
A regional D&D Open Space event for the Boat Shed, and for Exeter's cultural community more widely.Read more
Satellite D&D at Vault Fest
On the surface it's a success, but what can we do to save VAULT and why does it need saving?Read more
Satellite D&D at Vault Fest
In a world where standards, systems, tastes and values are all dictated by men - and those values say that women are worth less, and are only worth something when they are young - how do we build a future?
Discussing combatting ageism and sexism in theatre.Read more
Satellite D&D at Vault Fest
It is great that more theatre, and art in general, is exploring the stigma and experience of being depressed. But why aren't we talking about other mental health problems?
Digging deeper to work out how to be more inclusive in art.Read more
Satellite D&D at Vault Fest
"Let’s get together to work on how our differences are exactly what might help us. Our different viewpoints put together become stronger and make more sense of the world. Our differences are exactly what we share. They help us create great art. These things might at least help us to get a better political outlook."Read more
Satellite D&D at Vault Fest with Access all Areas theatre company, to explore why you will barely see any learning disabled artists really 'make it' and discuss what we can do about that.
Satellite D&D at Vault Fest about women in comedy.
Why so few and why so surprising? Read more
D&D event in Berlin with The LAFT Berlin and the Heinrich-Böll Foundation, discussing how we want to design Berlin's theatre, dance and performance scene for the future.Read more
The eleventh annual D&D Open Space event asking "what are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts (now)?"Read more
Mid-scale touring theatre is fighting for its life. It is struggling to find big audiences and is up against a rising tide of comedy, music and film events with many venues expecting to make a loss on their live theatre shows. Read more
An invitation from Slavka Jovanović, Director of Suspense Festival:
I recently saw an anarchic punk puppetry show, with no ‘puppets’ in it. One of the most exhilarating shows I’ve seen. But no puppets; some might have been disappointed, having expected a marionette or a wood carved table-top rod puppet. None in sight.
The second annual D&D Open Space event focused on outdoor arts. Discussions on how our particular art can be made; in streets, parks, city squares and other outdoor spaces across the country.Read more
Regional D&D Open Space event in Bristol all about the journey that UK circus is on and the role we play in the make-up of it.Read more
D&D takes to Berlin for an Open Space Event for all people interested in the future of the free performing arts.Read more
Satellite D&D, with Camden People's Theatre and GAP Salon, addressing HOW are we going to pull together and do something about gender equality.Read more
An Open Space D&D event dedicated to the idea of starting up the International Institute of Improvisation.
How can we stop improv from being marginalised? What would the role of III be?Read more
Regional D&D, in Skegness, focusing on SO Festival.
SO Festival is an 11 day outdoor arts festival. This D&D is an opportunity to help shape the festival.Read more
Satellite D&D - with socially engaged practice being so hard to define, let's talk about how we can tackle the challenges and embrace the opportunities of making this kind of work, and what the future might hold for us.Read more
This post-election D&D event looks at how best to engage the new administration with theatre, why and how to fund new British theatre and the arts' place in society.Read more
A D&D Open Space event focused on opera; in a challenging time for the arts, how can we change and improve to save the art form?Read more
Keeping the Space Open:
Were you at D&D10 or D&D North back in January and have some conversations left unfinished, or some sessions that you'd wished you'd called? Did you miss them, or have you read a report that made you wish you were there?
A D&D Open Space event focused on stage directors in the UK, fees for SDUK and generally how to move forward and improve as a network.Read more
The tenth annual D&D Open Space event asking "what are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts (now)?"Read more
Following "Devoted and Disgruntled: The Invisible Army" held at The Young Vic, this is a regional focused D&D event to discuss in an open space format the role of independent producers and how we can support them.Read more
Regional D&D North will offer a moment for people across the North of England to gather and connect, asking "what are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts in the North?"Read more
December D&D Satellite to review, revisit, mull and look forward to 2015.
When it's not over, it's not over...Read more
Satellite D&D with artist Wendy Houstoun.
"We hereby declare and restate our intent on action and action only.
From this moment our only intention is : to think about and make work."
Discussions on how to bring back spontaneity and freedom of art.
Inspired by a conversation about the proposed axing of 'soft subjects', this is a D&D focused on the arts in education.
Are arts and sport important? Do they have a place in state education? Is there a happy medium?Read more
A D&D Open Space event focused on outdoor arts. Discussions on how our particular art can be made; in streets, parks, city squares and other outdoor spaces across the country.Read more
An invitation from Matilda Leyser:
Calling all Artists, Mothers, Children and More: Let’s Start a Quiet Revolution
Michael White, Head of Arts Development warmly invites you, valued colleagues working in performance across Cornwall, to gather and share your thoughts on the future of culture in the region.Read more
With the general election under a year away, this D&D will focus on funding the arts.
Could it be a vote winning policy? Will any party make it a prominent feature of an election campaign? Why is it important?Read more
An invitation from
Florence O’Mahoney and Joseph Lynch, of
the Human Zoo Theatre Company and Waldeinsamkeit Theatre
Regional D&D held on the Isle of Wight.
"We have great heritage, a wealth of artisan craft makers and an inspiring and diverse natural landscape, but what about the arts in our cultural landscape? What about the artists? The theatre makers, visual artists, musicians, dancers, sculptors and the rest. Why make work here? What would make working here better?"
Hi, I’m Stephe.
And I’m a storyteller.
When I say ‘storytelling’ I mean an improvised re-telling of a traditional tale, a modern practice inspired by ancient oral arts, an intimate live encounter between teller and audience. But I also work with actors, with writers, with directors and with devisers. And - guess what? They all call themselves storytellers too.
A D&D Open Space event dedicated to issues of race and diversity in UK theatre and what we can do to improve the current situation.Read more
A chance to carry on any conversations which are were not over at the end of D&D9, or to find out what the fuss is all about.Read more
Third North East regional D&D held in Newcastle with Live Theatre and The Empty Space.
Four years on from NE2, there has been enormous change. Here we delve into the question 'what are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts in the North East?'Read more
The ninth annual D&D Open Space event asking "what are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts (now)?"Read more
Satellite D&D with Puppet Centre
We need your help to discover how Puppet Centre can be ahead of the game in order to support the puppetry of the future. We also want to hear about what excites, frustrates and inspires you about puppetry and Puppet Centre. Read more
A D&D event focused on why women feel that their work is vulnerable; that it’s sustainability and continuation are constantly under threat. What can be done to improve this situation?Read more
Following the success of the 2012 D&D Roadshow, this event is part of the September Roadshow. Visiting 3 locations, we ask 'what can we do about theatre and the performing arts?'Read more
Following the success of the 2012 D&D Roadshow, this event is part of the September Roadshow. Visiting 3 locations, we ask 'what can we do about theatre and the performing arts?'
Satellite D&D addressing the current crisis facing British theatre: decline in training of drama teachers, closing of youth theatres, 23% of secondary school drama courses stopped, reduced education provision in theatres. What can we do?Read more
A one day Open Space event for us to talk all things musical theatre; what's the point? what are the real opportunities for new work? what needs to change?
The annual D&D all about improv!
An event focused on what needs to change in the world of improvisation.Read more
Breaking the silence about Bullying in the Arts
An invitation from Improbable, Anne-Marie Quigg, Ellan Parry and Frances RifkinRead more
This satellite is the chance for all levels of arts managers, artists and makers to talk about their experiences of generating income, share what does (or doesn’t) work and maybe even trigger new ideas that grow new platforms, performances and a modern industry. Read more
A focused D&D event to discuss in an open space format the role of independent producers.Read more
Were you at D&D:Let’s Really Talk About Access, D&D 8 or Opening the Door: East Asians in British Theatre, and have conversations left unfinished?Read more
A D&D Open Space event dedicated to the question "what are we going to do to end the marginalisation of East Asians in British theatre?"Read more
The eighth annual D&D Open Space event asking "what are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts (now)?"Read more
Two day D&D Open Space event all about access in theatre. Read more
20th annual WOSonOS, exploring Open Space on a deeper level, giving the chance to meet and exchange with some of the most inspiring people currently working with OS.Read more
The Devoted & Disgruntled Roadshow is part of the 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad – 19 events across the UK between June and October.
This regional D&D Open Space event asks "what can we do about theatre and the performing arts?" in Stratford upon Avon.Read more