Invitation from Oliver Senton, Theatremaker living and working in Kent

East Kent is bursting with people who make and share live art of many different kinds, from theatremakers, writers and actors; producers, educational groups and directors to lighting and sound designers, outreach charities, stage managers, costume makers and more. But most of us don't seem to know what each other is up to.

For years, theatre in East Kent has struggled in the shadow of London; making work for local audiences is sneered at in comparison to the metropolis, and Arts Council grants take precedence over regional collaboration, co-production and responsibility to our immediate communities. But there are more than enough venues, audiences and makers for this to change.

​There is no reason why, if connections and communication between us were good enough, there shouldn't be loads of great theatre performed and toured within East Kent, and more local audiences watching locally-made work. 

How do we build this new model?
How can companies and venues from Dover to Deal, Folkestone to Margate, Ashford to Canterbury work together to build East Kent's own arts ecology?
Or do you want more localised models and theatre for small communities?
Is theatre a luxury anyway, in difficult times when many are struggling to pay bills? 
And does our region deserve it as much as anyone else?

This 'unconventional convention' aims to help us find the answers. Everyone's voice can be heard and no topic is censored. 

But it won't work without YOU, so come along! It's going to be a fun and interesting day.

This event Is disabled accessible.
It will be Sign Language Interpreted. 

Refreshments (i.e. tea and biscuits) will be provided.
Please bring your own lunch as the theatre cafe is closed

We want this event to be affordable to all, but need your help to pay for the venue, so bookings are Pay What You Decide. Please make a donation of either £15, £10 or £5. 

If you would like to help someone to attend who may not afford it, feel free to donate a Golden Ticket
. You can do so on the booking page via the link below. 

If you wish to benefit from a Golden Ticket, please email  us in confidence at dandd(at)
This Devoted and Disgruntled conversation will be facilitated by Improbable, a theatre company who specialise in using a process called Open Space Technology (OST). OST is a simple way for groups of people to think, work and take action together around a shared concern. There is no set agenda and you decide what to discuss. You are free to move between conversations in a single session depending on what interests you.

Read more about th
e D&D concept HERE from the award winning, pioneering improvisers, theatre makers and conversation facilitators, IMPROBABLE theatre company. 

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