Dear All,

I have been involved with professional theatre and performance since I left college in 1985. Since that time I have created and co created shows which have ranged from totally improvised and devised work to classical texts for repertory theatres, from puppetry to site specific work and from dance theatre to comedy.  I have performed, designed, written, devised, taught, improvised and served on the Board of the Actor's centre.  Yet in all this time I have often felt an outsider in my own profession. There are things I love about theatre and things I find very difficult….things which I wish were different. I find myself both devoted and disgruntled. Over the years I have often found myself gossiping and moaning about how the world I work in could be better. Not just about what we put on the stage but how we produce, manage and administrate our work. How we create it in all aspects and how we treat each other as a creative community.

As a result of a NESTA fellowship I have been able to train in and research some new ways of working with groups, learning from other creative and developmental fields. On 7th and 8th of January Improbable will be hosting an Open Space Event, which I will facilitate. It hopes to support some creative ideas and actions around the issues you might feel devoted and disgruntled about. It will address the things you care about and maybe wish could be different in any aspect of our profession. The things which you feel are important or unaddressed in our community.

It will be the first time Improbable has hosted an event like this and I invite you to join us in this new adventure of trying to make change happen, or even if you are just curious about a new way of working with groups in a self organising way. I would like to stress that this event will not just be a discussion or a talking shop. We are aiming to take action and to make a difference.

If you care, see you there. 

Phelim McDermott,

Co-Artistic Director, Improbable

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