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Sun 19th Nov - Fri 5th Oct

Devoted and Disgruntled Roadshow

@ West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

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Devoted and Disgruntled Roadshow

At a crucial time for theatre and the performing arts in the UK, the Devoted and Disgruntled Roadshow seeks to engage people in a nationwide conversation. Led by Improbable, the events use Open Space technology to capture the zeitgeist of the arts in 2012, and facilitate the emergence of a new era of connectedness and creativity for artists and audiences throughout the country.

Open Space is a radical tool for supporting groups to self-organise around shared issues of passion and concern. Participants create and manage their own programme of discussions in response to a central question. The Devoted and Disgruntled Roadshow now sets out to open this dialogue across the nation, to support the theatre community – practitioners and audiences – from different regions, to engage in real-time and online conversations that matter and bring change.

It aims to be both an investigation and celebration of the work already being done, and to facilitate the emergence of new initiatives, relationships and self-sustaining communities that together form a UK-wide network of creative collaboration.

The Devoted and Disgruntled Roadshow is part of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK

Improbable’s Co-Artistic Director Phelim McDermott says “Devoted and Disgruntled was born out of frustration. I knew things could be better in theatre and I also knew the way I responded to that situation could be more creative. The Devoted and Disgruntled events and the community that has developed around them involve people taking responsibility for making better theatre and making theatre better. The events are liberating because they create an environment of possibility. A place where we are confronted with the refreshing yet challenging realisation that things will only change if we decide to make it happen. Often this situation can make us feel that we have to do everything on our own. However D&D offers immediate access to the people who might support and help us do it.”

“Resistance is futile; presence is fertile. You should come." Chris Goode

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Venue Facts

Venue: West Yorkshire Playhouse

Playhouse Square
Quarry Hill

West Yorkshire
LS2 7UP 53.798200, -1.534274

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Phone: 0113 213 7700

Disabled Bookings: 0113 213 7700


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