General information

This page will be updated regularly with more information - if you have a question that is not answered here, please do get in touch on [email protected] / 0207 240 4556, or Textphone 1800 0207 240 4556.

Thanks to the generosity of last year's D&D attendees and The John Thaw Foundation, there is a bursary fund available for young people aged 16-25, who otherwise might struggle financially to attend the weekend. More information can be found here.

Here's a video guide to the Open Space process:



There is free entry for Carers/Personal Assistants. This can be arranged by ringing the Royal & Derngate Box Office on 01604 624811.

Information for Blind & Partially Sighted participants:

Guide dogs are welcome.

We will be creating a floor map to enable you to find your way around the space. We can provide you with a dedicated assistant to guide you around the space, read out any written material - for example, the timetable wall - and to help you make notes and create your reports. Support staff will be wearing bright yellow t-shirts.

We are also happy to arrange a visit to the venue in advance, if you'd like an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the space. For this, or if you require any other support, such as assistance getting from public transport hubs to the venue, please contact us by phoning 020 7240 4556, emailing [email protected]

We can also accept payment for tickets over the phone if you prefer not to use the website. Royal & Derngate's Box Office number is 01604 624811.

Information for wheelchairs users

There are a number of disabled badge holders’ parking spaces to the front of Royal & Derngate in Albion Place surface car park (NN1 1UD), and disabled badge holders can park free along Derngate Road (NN1 1TY) and Guildhall Road (NN1 1DP) in permitted spaces. Albion Place car park is marked as 'P2' on this map, and Derngate Road and Guildhall Road with additional dedicated parking places are also marked. We will be publishing a dedicated parking map with distances and directions shortly.

Local bus services are also available for travellers with access requirements: Northampton Door-to-Door Service 01604 611214.

It is possible for taxis to drop off directly in front of the Royal & Derngate building entrance. Drivers should be directed to the main entrance by Premier Inn. 

Royal & Derngate has level access into the building and each event space, with lift access to each floor (excluding the Upper Circle of both auditoria). There are wheelchair-accessible toilets on each floor (excluding the Upper Circle). We will provide pictures of these spaces very shortly.

We are also able to provide a changing place for adults with severe disabilities. This will be unmanned, but you are welcome to bring your own support worker. Contact us if you need help to book someone to assist you. We will provide pictures of the space very shortly.

If you have mobility needs but don’t use a wheelchair, there are plenty of chairs and spaces to rest throughout the event, and you are welcome to move wherever you like at any time.

We are working to reduce the environmental impact of the event. Previously, this event has used up well over 1000 disposable cups, so this year we are having a reusables-only policy. We are asking participants to bring their own mug or buy one of our reusable travel mugs at the venue. However, if bringing your own mug isn't possible as you already have to carry a lot of things, or would find carrying it around during the event wasn't possible, please let us know as we will be able to give you a mug for the weekend that you can leave by the tea station.

Information for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing participants:

We will book 4 BSL interpreters for the Saturday, Sunday & Monday of the event. We will arrange for additional BSL Interpreters if required. You are also welcome to bring your own interpreters if you prefer to use your Access to Work allocation. You don't need to buy tickets for your own interpreters.

We will have a number of these Sondio handsets which act as personal hearing boosters and can be used with or without hearing aids. If you find you are struggling to hear, please just ask one of the support staff on the day and they will be able to provide you with one and show you how to use it. For your comfort and hygiene, we recommend you bring your own headphones to use with the Sonidos. The devices have standard headphone sockets. We can supply a limited number of headphones if you are unable to bring your own.

Information for Neurodivergent participants:

Devoted and Disgruntled uses a process called Open Space Technology. If you would like to know more about how this process works and what to expect, please see our separate guide to Open Space Technology here.

We will be updating this page with walk-up videos to show you the route to the venue shortly.

If you need help at any time during the event, you should look for people wearing these yellow t-shirts. The t-shirt on the left shows what the front will look like. the t-shirt on the right shows what the back will look like.

Images showing the front and back of a bright yellow t-shirt with the D&D logo, and the text I can help you printed on it

People wearing these are our event support staff. They can help you to:

  • Understand the Open Space Technology process
  • Post your sessions on the timetable wall
  • Read the timetable wall and find the breakout spaces you would like to visit
  • Take notes and create your report
  • Find your way around
  • Answer any questions you have and clarify anything that feels confusing

We will have a quiet space where you can go if you need some time to yourself. This space will be clearly signposted at the event. You can also ask the support staff to show you the way to it. It will also be marked on the map of the event.

Devoted & Disgruntled events are always “relaxed performances”. You can move around whenever you need to. You can arrive and leave the event whenever you want. Stimming, tics, movements, and sounds are welcome throughout the main space.

We are also very happy to arrange a visit between now and the event, if you would like a chance to familiarise yourself with the space in advance. If you'd like to do this, please contact us on email at [email protected] , on the phone using 020 7240 4556, or on Twitter using @DandDUK.

Trans and Non-binary participants

We welcome all genders at Devoted & Disgruntled events. Stickers for preferred pronouns will be available on the way in. All toilets will be gender neutral, signposted according to what facilities are inside, rather than designating a gender.

Parents

Children are welcome at D&D 14. We don’t provide childcare but we are open to facilitating a network if parents wish to club together to provide a group childcare solution themselves, and would not charge entry for a paid childminder organised by parents. Email or call us if you’d like to discuss this.

Financial Access

Devoted & Disgruntled events are run on a non-profit basis, and we charge the minimum possible price to cover the costs of running the event. Tickets for D&D 14 are £27 full price and £17 concession. We sell concession tickets on trust, as many arts practitioners earn below the living wage but often fall outside of state welfare. Please purchase whichever ticket you can best afford. If the concession ticket is still an obstacle to your attendance, contact us to arrange a Pay-What-You-Can, or free entry in return for volunteer duties at the event.

This year we also have a bursary for young people to attend, thanks to the generous action of the John Thaw Foundation and participants at D&D 13. See the main event page for details of how to apply for these offers.