D&D Roadshow Edinburgh

28 - 29 July 2012

D&D Roadshow Edinburgh

Royal Lyceum Edinburgh


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supported by National Theatre of Scotland

Angie Bual's invitation:
I contacted Improbable last year to see if we could bring Devoted & Disgruntled to Scotland. It was out of panic. We had lost our international live art festival. The divide between England and Scotland funding was affecting the support available to our artists. There was talk of a referendum and I wanted to puzzle it through with the wider theatre sector.
Since then, Creative Scotland's Review of Flexibly Funded Organisations has been announced, ahead of the Scottish Theatre Review. Vicky Featherstone has announced her move from National Theatre of Scotland. The Commonwealth Games is fast approaching, and along with it, a potential new government.

We have three days of Devoted & Disgruntled in Scotland where I hope we can agree, disagree, get angry, go to the pub and work out some plans.
I hope you can be there
Angie Bual
Director, Trigger

Alex McGowan's invitation:
The Lyceum is delighted to be co-hosting the first ever Devoted & Disgruntled Roadshow in Scotland. It’s a brilliant forum for passionate debate and discussion amongst the wider theatre community. Improbable have made a great success of using the Open Space approach to encourage people to come together to chat, plot, plan and listen as part of a National and UK wide conversation. And in the current economic and political climate which influences our funders, audiences and artists that conversation is as vital as ever.
There’s been a lot of online debate and discussion amongst the artistic community in Scotland recently and D&D is a timely opportunity to continue with that. We hope you can join us.
Alex McGowan
Executive Director
Royal Lyceum Theatre

Devoted & Disgruntled is part of the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK, from 21 June to the 9 September 2012. For more information check

Phelim McDermott's invitation:

Do you love theatre?
Do you find it frustrating?
Do you feel audiences don't get a voice?
Do you feel like an outsider in your own profession?
Have you just started out and need support?
Been in the profession for years and feel jaded?
Is your region always left out of the discussions?
Do you usually dread discussions and meetings?
Are you looking to change things?

In 2012 for the first time ever, you have the opportunity to take part in a unique nationwide conversation.

In 2006 I wrote a heartfelt invitation and the first ”Devoted & Disgruntled: What are we going to do about theatre?” took place. This was an open and collaborative conference, a chance to check in with the theatre community, share the news about what we were doing well, talk about what we could be doing better and take action on how to improve things.  

Devoted & Disgruntled has subsequently become an inspiring annual three day event and since then there have been over 100 offshoot D&D events. Some have been monthly themed satellites, some have been regionally based like D&D Scotland and D&D North East, some have been international events like D&D New York and Vancouver. These conferences have kept the important conversations alive and have lead to companies being formed, venues being opened, festivals started, shows created, and many other projects and initiatives.

The Devoted and Disgruntled Roadshow has come about in response to numerous requests for these conversations to reach beyond London, and engage with all parts of the UK.  So as part of the Cultural Olympiad we are going on the road, holding D&Ds in twenty different locations round the country, and we are going online, launching a new interactive D&D website, which will record and connect all the D&D events.

In theatre, as in so many things, it can feel like the agenda is set, and the decisions are made by a faceless, unreachable "them". We wait for "them" to talk about what we think needs talking about and for "them" to solve our problems. Guess what? "They" aren't going to do it. But you can, and D&D is the place to start - so if there are questions that you think should be asked, projects you want support on, things you want changed, join Improbable this summer on the Devoted & Disgruntled 2012 Roadshow in a conversation that could reshape the theatre landscape. This is a unique chance for your voice to be heard and for us to listen to each other, face to face and online, locally and nationally. Join us and let’s work together towards making theatre better and making better theatre.

Phelim McDermott and Improbable


    What are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts in 2012 and beyond?

A two day event
    28th and 29th July 2012, 10am-7pm
Rehearsal Room, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street  Edinburgh EH3 9AX

    Open Space has been used successfully all over the world. It is an exciting open-ended event that enables a self-organising group to use its collective imagination to deal with complex issues and it will achieve this in an incredibly short space of time. By the end of the event the following will have occurred:

Every issue of concern to anybody will have been raised, if they took responsibility for doing that.

All issues will have received full discussion, to the extent desired.

A full report of issues and discussions will be in the hands of all participants.

And YOU will have taken part in making it happen.
    Improbable and the Royal Lyceum are committed to ensuring that Devoted and Disgruntled is a democratic and accessible event so please contact the Improbable office to discuss your access requirements.
    Voice: 020 7240 4556
    SMS: 07939 378607
    Devoted and Disgruntled Edinburgh is wheel chair accessible. We are offering BSL interpreters, but please book 2 weeks in advance to ensure we are able to provide a suitable service. Our information is available in a range of formats. Assistance dogs are welcome





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