September Newsletter

D&D EUA South-East | New Executive Director | D&D Outdoors | Akhnaten
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September Newsletter
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,
do more and become more, you are a leader.

John Quincy Adams

Exciting times here at Improbable.

As you may know, Rachael Williams has been appointed Executive Director at Park Theatre: we are sad to see her leave, but also looking forward to welcoming Ben Monks, who will take over and help us realise our ambitions for the future. Welcome aboard! More information about Ben can be found below.

Since the outcome of the referendum in June, we've had a series of D&D events on creating a Europen Union of Artists; the next one will be in Brighton on 1 October: you can read the invitation below. All reports from our past events are available to read and comment for free here. We will also host the third edition of our Outdoor Arts D&D in October: scroll down for full info.

Speaking of D&D events, following our wonderful weekend in Birmingham earlier this year, we got a clear message that taking our annual two and a half day D&D event out of London, at least for a while, was what the D&D community wanted and what the event needed, so we’re continuing our stately procession across the UK by holding Devoted & Disgruntled 12 in Bristol on 14-16 January 2017Make sure you stay tuned and take advantage of the earlybird discount as soon as tickets are on sale.

Stay connected as we will announce more exciting projects and collaborations in the following months.

D&D South-East: Shall We Create A European Union Of Artists?

1 October
Corn Exchange, Brighton

Invitation from Tanya Peters, Director of Artistic Planning, Brighton Dome & Festival:

'[…] Trying to gain understanding through exploring different perspectives is a big part of what we set out to do in the arts, yet I find myself worried that we’re working in an echo-chamber. It’s said that as many as 96% of people involved in the arts voted to remain in the UK. That’s a lot of people with the same opinion.

Do we shy away from talking to people whose opinions make us uncomfortable? It seems greater understanding through talking and listening is needed – but how, and where do we start?'

Read the full invitation here.

D&D: How Can We Make Great Outdoor Arts? (3)

20 October
101 Creation Space, Newbury
Free event

An invitation from Simon Chatterton, Head of Outdoor Arts, Corn Exchange, Newbury

'It’s that time of year again – the third annual gathering of the tribes for those who make and feel passionate about outdoor work. A summit where you bring your agenda, your inspiration and your questions – no panellists, no keynotes and no prescribed programme. Instead a democratic Open Space forum open to all. A space where the collective intelligence of our combined experience and imagination can be harnessed in pursuit of new possibilities for creating performances in public space.'

Read the full invitation and book your spot here.

From our Friends…

Announcing our new Executive Director

We are excited to announce that Ben Monks will be our new Executive Director and will start working with us later this month.

Prior to joining Improbable, he co-founded production and management company Supporting Wall in 2008, and for them produced the Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Bartlett's BULL with the Young Vic and world premieres of five plays by Philip Ridley including Dark Vanilla Jungle and Radiant Vermin.

Lee Simpson says: "Our sadness at seeing Rachael Williams go is tempered by our excitement at the prospect of working with the new Executive Director. Ben Monks is not only the perfect person to help Improbable realise some of our long held ambitions but he is also very likely to keep me and Phelim very much on our toes."

Welcome aboard, Ben!


5-27 November
LA Opera, USA

We're very excited to be part of LA Opera's programme: after a successful sold-out run at ENO in London, Phelim McDermott will revive Philip Glass's Akhnaten in November in Los Angeles. 

This hypnotically mesmerising work explores the life and religious convictions of the Egyptian pharaoh, and uses texts drawn from ancient hymns, prayers, letters and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian.

Book tickets and read more here.

The Truth To Power Cafe

21-24 Sept
Soho Theatre
Jeremy Goldstein

Who has power over you and what do you want to say to them? Over 4 nights 24 Londoners speak truth to power. Is it to their parents, a sibling, politician, boss, banker or simply their best friend, – tell them the truth before it's too late.

Muhammad Ali and Me

6-15 Oct
The Albany
Mix 'n' Sync

Mojisola Adebayo's critically acclaimed coming-of-age story of a young black girl growing up in foster care and her fantastical friendship with the legendary, Muhammad Ali is back. After a sell out run in 2008, Muhammad Ali and Me makes its long awaited return and once again this powerful production packs more than a punch.

Creating It, Owning It,
Doing It

13-14 Oct
Told By An Idiot

This challenging and dynamic workshop by Told by an Idiot led by Artistic Director Paul Hunter will throw the focus onto the performer and examine what lies at the heart of TBAI’s work. Through a variety of exercises firmly rooted in over 25 years of practice, this is an opportunity for performers to challenge themselves and others.

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