D&D Roadshow Inverness

8 September 2012

D&D Roadshow Inverness

Eden Court, Inverness


              Trigger logoLogo for Eden Court

supported by National Theatre of Scotland


Colin Marr's invitation:

I haven’t been to a Devoted and Disgruntled event before or worked with the people from improbable but when they approached me along with the National Theatre of Scotland to ask if they could hold the event at Eden Court it seemed like a great way of exploring the issues that concern everyone working in theatre in the Highlands.
The day is an opportunity to raise and discuss any issues you want to. Maybe some them will be the questions I hear from audiences, promoters and producers around the Highlands:
Are our audiences getting a chance to see work of international quality?
Is there enough variety in the range of work they get the opportunity to see?
Is there anything that happens in Edinburgh and Glasgow that we miss out on?
Is there anything we present or produce in the Highlands that the rest of the country should be seeing?
Is work produced in the Highlands taken seriously enough by Highland promoters?, by the rest of the country?, by funders?
What are the problems of running a Highland based theatre company that are unique to the Highlands?
Should Highland based theatre reflect Highland life?
Can we all work together better?

I look forward to seeing you on the 8th of September at Eden Court,

Colin Marr,
Eden Court

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

Angie Bual's invitation:
If you love theatre, you long for it to be different or you want to maintain its magic, I hope you can be with us in Inverness to join the wider theatre community. Devoted and Disgruntled is an opportunity. It's a chance to work in a horizontal environment to make a change, to voice opinion, to influence and direct the future of theatre.

Last month we ran D&D in Edinburgh. People from across the sector gathered; from new writing, performance art, musical theatre; from back stage and front of house. Collaborations began to occur, networks widened, new ideas were created, tips were shared and knowledge deepened.

The best thing about D&D is that you set the agenda. Scotland is undergoing a massive sea change. If you feel adrift please join us to shape and vision the future.

Angie Bual

Director, Trigger

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?

   8th September 2012, 10am-6pm

Inverness, Eden Court, Bishops Road, Inverness IV3 5SA

    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 Eden Court 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 Inverness 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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