Join our 17th annual "unconventional convention"for everyone who loves, makes or has something to say about theatre and the performing arts.

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Devoted & Disgruntled (D&D) Online is an opportunity for everyone passionate about the arts  from audiences to artists, CEOs to FOH staff, grassroots groups to seasoned professionals — to get together and focus on the question: "What are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts?" Anyone and everyone is invited to take part, no matter how experienced you are.

D&D is a two-and-a-half-day event in which you get to set the agenda and decide what conversations you want to be part of. Once you've booked your ticket, you can take part in as much or as little as you want. Last year, we moved the annual D&D online which meant that, though venues were closed, we were still able to come together as a global performing arts community. This year, we'll be back online.

 

 

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What is Open Space? How does it work?

Devoted & Disgruntled is organised using a process called Open Space Technology, or Open Space. We will fully explain everything you need to know at the beginning of Day 1, including a briefing on all of the tech that we'll be using. However, if you've not been to an Open Space event before and want to know what you're signing up for, we've prepared a short video that explains the basics:

You can watch the below video for a BSL and captioned introduction to Open Space Technology:

You can also read a bit more about the principles of Open Space here on the D&D website (although bear in mind that some of the details will be different in a virtual space!)


Invitations

Watch this space for full invitations from the Improbable team coming soon... 

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You can write your own invitations to this event and email it to us ([email protected]), or post it on your own platforms and social media. It's a chance to read why other people are coming, what experiences they've had before, and what important topics they'd like to discuss this year. Let's start the conversation now.

 


Pay-What-You-Choose tickets

D&D thrives when there's a wide range of voices in the room. This year, we know that a lot of people are under serious financial pressures as a result of the pandemic. So we're continuing our commitment to run D&D as a Pay-What-You-Choose event. Each Pay-What-You-Choose ticket gives you access to all 2.5 days of D&D 2021 (although you can come and go as you please!)

Devoted & Disgruntled 2021 needs to make around £5,500 in ticket sales to break even - an average of £12 per participantTo book your ticket, or to find out more about our costs and suggested payments, head to our booking page:

 

  


Timetable

You are free to come and go as you please throughout the event. However, if you've never been to an Open Space event before, we would strongly recommend joining for the beginning of Day 1.

Day 1 (Saturday 19 March)

10am - 12pm: Opening Circle (including explanation of tech and Open Space process)
12pm - 1pm: Breakout sessions
1pm - 2pm: Lunch break
2pm - 5pm: Breakout sessions
5pm - 6pm: Evening News

Day 2 (Sunday 20 March)

10am - 11am: Morning Announcements
11am - 1pm: Breakout sessions
1pm - 2pm: Lunch break
2pm - 4pm: Breakout sessions
4:00pm - 5:30pm: Closing Circle

Day 3 (Monday 21 March)

9:30am - 10am: (Re-)Opening Circle/Check in
10am - 11am: Report reading
11am - 11:30pm: Action session calling
11:30am - 1pm: Action breakout sessions
1pm - 1:30pm: Final Closing Circle

 


FAQs

What will I need in order to join the event?
We recommend that all participants join the event via a laptop or desktop computer if possible - unfortunately, it is much trickier to navigate the event spaces using a tablet or a smartphone. (However, if you only have access to a tablet or smartphone, don't worry! We will support you and make sure you still get the most out of D&D).

Other things you'll need are a stable Internet connection and the free Zoom app.

I'm not that tech-savvy, will I be able to take part?
Yes! We'll explain everything you need to know at the beginning of the event. The Improbable team will also be around throughout the event and we can help you if you get lost or stuck with the tech.

If you're feeling worried about the tech, we will be hosting two optional 30-minute orientation sessions on Friday 18th March 2021 (10:30am and 5:30pm) - if you would like a chance to familiarise yourself with the online tools we'll be using, we will explain how they work and answer any questions. We will send out more information about these orientation sessions to all bookers closer to the time - there's no need to reserve a place in advance, unless you have specific access needs.

Can I call a session on anything I want to?
Yes, nothing is off the table. You can call a session (or several sessions) on any topic you'd like. You don't need to be an expert - as long as you're passionate about it, we're here to help make space and time for it. If you call a session, we would also encourage you to create a report of your session - these reports can be in writing, but they can also be pictures, a recording or even a dance! It's up to you.


Is it just a lot of talking and navel-gazing?
D&D is about talking and exchanging ideas, but it also leads to a huge number of concrete actions every year. All sorts of artistic projects, initiatives, networks and companies have been born in D&D e.g. Fun Palaces and Bechdel Theatre. (Although if navel-gazing is your thing, we won't stop you.)


Do I have to stay for the entire weekend?
Nope. You can choose to come and go as you please, and you can take breaks whenever you want to. This means you can also drop in for a day or half-a-day if you have other things to do. However, if you've never been to an Open Space event before, we would strongly recommend joining for the beginning of Day 1.

How much should I be paying?
To help you decide, we've outlined some facts about our event costs and included some suggestions on our booking page.

I can’t attend the event - can I follow what is happening online?
Follow @DandDUK and #DandD2022 on Twitter. Reports from sessions will also be available to read and comment on at www.devotedanddisgruntled.com as well as a PDF download after the event.

 


Access

Click here to find out more about access at this event.

We try our hardest to make sure D&D is accessible for all participants including (but not limited to) d/Deaf, disabled, blind, partially-sighted, and neurodivergent people. We will be providing a range of online access technologies, including BSL interpreters and live captioning. We will also be working with a dedicated Access and Wellbeing Officer who will be supporting participants throughout the event.

If you have any further questions, or aren't sure what access needs you have, please get in touch with [email protected] or call +44 0207 240 4556. (If you are using a textphone (or a textphone app), please dial prefix 18001 then our number).