Uk arts news: Improbable: Announcing Devoted & Disgruntled14 (plus other treats)

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

We are delighted to announce
at Royal & Derngate, Northampton
26 – 28 January 2019
In partnership with Royal & Derngate, Northampton and The Core at Corby Cube

Join us next January for Devoted and Disgruntled, our annual unconventional convention for theatre and performing arts people. We are building on last year’s access partnership with Royal & Derngate to make sure D&D remains inclusive, open to all, affordable and accessible. Devoted & Disgruntled 14 will take place on Saturday 26, Sunday 27 and Monday 28 January 2019 at Royal & Derngate, Northampton.

“In the past year there has been a huge amount of change for theatre and the performing arts. Amidst the seismic political change in the world, we now have new Artistic Directors starting their tenures, we have been scrutinising our traditional working practices and are working on more transparency, better environments, being kinder. How is this going, for you and for Theatre? What are we doing well? What could we do better? What connections can we make? I believe that meeting in Open Space is the best way to start our year, have authentic meaningful conversations, and make theatre better together. Come and be part of it.”

– Phelim McDermott, Co-Artistic Director at Improbable

With our Early Bird booking offer, full price tickets are 15% off until 1st December at just £23 each for all three days. Concessions are £17 and we have discounts for group bookings. Free tickets are available for PAs/carers and details of access support for D/deaf, disabled and neuro-divergent people can be found on the website.

Thanks to support from the John Thaw Foundation and previous D&D attendees, we are able to offer a young people’s bursary to help with travel and ticket costs for under 25s.

Find out more and book your place

In other news…

Good-bye Autumn, hello Winter. Here at Improbable HQ, we’re piling on the jumpers and getting cosy in the office. As we think back on (slightly) warmer times, we’re happy to report that October has been full of exciting projects. Still No Idea has returned to London for the last leg of its UK tour, having set up shop this week at the Royal Court Theatre. Our production of Satyagraha is now in full swing in sunny LA, and our D&D satellite event in Hounslow on 18 Oct was filled with stimulating work around the topic of ‘poverty porn’ in theatre. If you couldn’t make it, keep an eye out on the D&D website for reports.

Here’s what’s up next…

Thu 8 Nov @ 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space

Just can’t wait until next January for another D&D? We know the feeling and, don’t worry, we’ve got you.

Simon Chatterton, Artistic Director of 101 Creation Space, invites you to work on and explore: what can we do to meet the future challenges and opportunities of outdoor arts? 

Reserve a spot for yourself (and maybe some friends?)

Still No Idea back in London
Wed 31 Oct – Sat 17 Nov @ Royal Court Theatre

Still No Idea hit the road back in September (how time flies), but now Lisa, Rachael and the team are back. What’s more, they’ve returned with a brand new trailerAll shows at the Royal Court Theatre are relaxed performances and we’ve also got captioned (8 and 14 Nov), audio-described (10 Nov) and BSL-interpreted (15 Nov) shows. Tickets also still available for the Gala Night.

Don’t miss out! Nab a ticket here

Winter Mentoring Fête 2018
Thu 29 Nov, 6:30pm @ Somerset House

Our annual Winter Mentoring Fête is back! The evening is a fantastic opportunity to pick the brains of some brilliant theatre companies, venues and producers, including Fuel, Royal and Derngate, Fevered Sleep, Clod Ensemble, Tobi Kyeremateng and Abiola Ogunbiyi. All levels of experience welcome. Only 30 (free!) places available.

Find out more and book your (free!) place

We wanted to tell you about:

Satyagraha: “A must-see magnificent production”

We are delighted to see that Satyagraha has had a glowing write up in the Los Angeles Times this week; congratulations to LA Opera, the cast, crew, designers, orchestra, and, of course, our very own skills ensemble and director Phelim McDermott.

“Satyagraha essentially reformed the whole concept of what American opera should be… The Metropolitan Opera brought the production to New York a few years ago, and it was one of the finest things the company had done in modern times. At LA Opera, it is better still and a landmark for the company.”

Unfortunately, due to a trans-continental paywall, the full review is inaccessible in the UK. However, if you are one of our American friends, you can access the review here.

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