Devoted & Disgruntled Keswick: Patrick Gilchrist’s Invitation

Theatre by the Lake celebrates the distinction of being the country’s most remote and wonderfully located professional producing theatre. However, with our unique location comes the danger of isolation. How do we keep in touch with other theatres? How do ensure that talented people come and work with us? How do we get national critics to see our great work? How do we build on our success in attracting audiences to share the experience? …and many other questions. Devoted and Disgruntled on 9 August is not only a great opportunity to talk about the issues that are special to us in Cumbria, it is also a chance for you to be part of a national debate about theatre – for your views to influence the things that matter to you and matter to Theatre by the Lake. Don’t miss out on this special opportunity to talk about the things you care about. Come and join me, colleagues from the theatre, Friends of the theatre, audience members – and, we hope, some dissident voices – in making sure that Cumbria’s voice is heard loud and clear through the national networking opportunities offered by Improbable’s Devoted and Disgruntled day at Theatre by the Lake.

It will be great to see you on 9th August. If you’re staying up in the Lakes for the Friday and Saturday (10th & 11th August) do come to the Ilotopie event onthe lake (9.30pm each evening). We’re co-promoting with Lakes Alive. www.keswick.org/whats-on/festivals/lakes-alive

25 July 2012 ·

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

   9th August 2012
10am-6pm
Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DJ

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

9th August 2012
10am-6pm
Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DJ

25 July 2012 ·

D&D Roadshow Edinburgh: Alex McGowan’s invitation:


The Lyceum is delighted to be co-hosting the first ever Roadshow 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

20 July 2012 ·

DEVOTED AND DISGRUNTLED EDINBURGH    What are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts in 2012 and beyond?
A two day event    28th and 29th July 2012Rehearsal Room, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street  Edinburgh EH3 9AX

DEVOTED AND DISGRUNTLED EDINBURGH
    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
Rehearsal Room, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street  Edinburgh EH3 9AX

20 July 2012 ·

D&D Roadshow Edinburgh 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
 

29 June 2012 ·

DEVOTED AND DISGRUNTLED PLYMOUTH    What are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts in 2012 and beyond?    17th July 2012
10:30am- 7:30pmTR2 Production & Education Centre, 12 Neptune Park, Cattedown, Plymouth, PL4 0SJ

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

    17th July 2012

10:30am- 7:30pm
TR2 Production & Education Centre, 12 Neptune Park, Cattedown, Plymouth, PL4 0SJ

15 June 2012 ·

D&D Plymouth: David Prescott’s Invitation


Hello.

An invitation.

I am delighted the Theatre Royal Plymouth is able to bring you the South-West leg of Improbable Theatre’s Devoted & Disgruntled Roadshow, as part of the London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the four year Cultural Olympiad. I found this day long event encourages some of the most exciting, surprising and thought provoking conversations about something that is so central to the cultural well-being of this nation. Theatre. 
In a time when we are all experiencing a tightening of our belts and a reduction of funding for the arts, are you satisfied with what’s on offer in Dorset, Devon, Cornwall & Somerset? As I go around this varied and wide-spread region, I see work that often has a regional identity and spirit which, whether deliberately or subconsciously, connects to other people’s stories and experiences in the South West. 

Is theatre in the South-West thriving ?
Is there more that binds us than separates us ?
What would you like to see in say Truro, Barnstaple, Exeter, Taunton, Torquay and Plymouth ?
Do you feel cut off from the national scene ?
Is there enough opportunity to join in ?
Should there be more local performance and site-specific based work ?
Do the bigger theatre venues get too much focus and resource ?

In what will be a herculean task, Improbable will be visiting twenty locations around the UK, to give everyone a chance to voice their thoughts and feelings, hopes and passions about theatre in today’s ever changing landscape.

Whether you’re a theatre-goer or theatre-maker, educator or student, we’d like to hear what you have to say. Professional and amateur, we want you all in the same room.

This, I hope, is just the proverbial dipping of the toe before a really enjoyable swim in theatrical waters. You are warmly invited to come along and join us. 

David Prescott
Artistic Associate
Theatre Royal Plymouth

15 June 2012 ·

DEVOTED AND DISGRUNTLED NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME    What are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts in 2012 and beyond?    13th July 2012
10am-6pmNew Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 0JG

DEVOTED AND DISGRUNTLED NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME
    What are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts in 2012 and beyond?

    13th July 2012

10am-6pm
New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 0JG

15 June 2012 ·

D&D Newcastle-Under-Lyme: Theresa Heskin’s invitation

Hello

If, like me, you’ve been trying and failing to get along to a Devoted & Disgruntled event, then I hope you’ll be glad to hear that the D&D Roadshow will be visiting the New Vic on Friday 13th July. It’s a unique opportunity to have the conversation about theatre that you want to have. If you’ve never attended an open space event, please make this your first. It will change your way of thinking about conferencing, and I guarantee you’ll go away inspired. It’s an open-ended event that enables a self-organising group to use its collective imagination to deal with complex issues. Although you’ll set the agenda when you come along, there are plenty of thing I already want to get talking about: In the face of the Institute for Economic Affairs’ suggestion that £1.6bn could be saved by cutting DCMS, how can we as an industry make the case for continuing subsidy of the arts? With a catchment area that includes a city with some of the highest levels of multiple deprivation in the country, including literacy levels amongst primary aged children that stand out as being the poorest in the country, our work in the fields of education and social change is some of the most important the New Vic does. We’re not alone: throughout North Staffordshire, there seems to be a clear emphasis on art for social change rather than for art’s sake. What does this mean for artists? For the society we make art with and for? For the local economy? If you’d like to hear more about the event, and for details of how to register, travel, catering etc, visit the D&D website at

http://www.devotedanddisgruntled.com/events/dd-roadshow-newcastle-lyme/ Please pass this Invitation on to anyone you think may be interested, or write your own invitation.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 13th July, Devoted & Disgruntled at the New Vic 13th July 10am-6pm New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme, North Staffordshire Theresa Heskins Artistic Director New Vic Theatre

15 June 2012 ·

DEVOTED AND DISGRUNTLED STOCKTON    What are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts in 2012 and beyond?    11th July 2012, 10am – 7pmARC, Stockton Arts Centre, Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1LL

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

    11th July 2012, 10am – 7pm
ARC, Stockton Arts Centre, Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1LL

15 June 2012 ·

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