Devoted & Disgruntled Roadshow
Wednesday 19th September, 10am – 6pm
Creek Creative, Faversham, Kent,
Hosted by PANeK (Performing Arts Network Kent) and Cartoon De Salvo
Free, but please register online
If you are interested in theatre, this event is your opportunity to set the agenda, to talk about what is important to you, and to have your say on the future of theatre and performance in Kent. Whether you consider yourself a performer, director, writer, producer, technician, designer, administrator, programmer, audience member or have or would like to have any other role associated with theatre and performance – we would like you to come!
Theatre is so often associated with cities and metropolitan life – certainly this is where there are sufficient audiences to make theatre economically viable. So what do you do if you don’t live within easy reach of a city? There’s no less a hunger in rural areas for seeing great shows and there are plenty of theatre-makers around too. Do we have to pay-up and travel? Do we make our own? Do we find ways of bringing work into our communities? Of course, we do all these things – but could we be doing it all better? And is there anything we’ve forgotten? The greatest joy of theatre is sharing the experience with others. The Devoted and Disgruntled Road Show gives us an opportunity to share our thoughts, experience and ambitions for theatre in rural areas with others.
D&D began in 2006 when Phelim McDermott of Improbable invited people who were ‘devoted and disgruntled’ to come together around the question ‘What are we going to do about theatre?’ Devoted & Disgruntled has subsequently become an inspiring annual three day event, with more than 100 offshoot D&D events. These events have kept the important conversations alive and have led to companies being formed, venues being opened, festivals started, shows created, and many other new projects and initiatives. As part of the London 2012 Festival (www.london2012.com/festival) D&D is on the road, visiting 20 different locations round the country, linked by the interactive D&D website, which records and connect all the events.