Desperate Men are one the UK’s longest-running outdoor arts companies. Founded in 1980, the company offers street animations, interactive and educational work, project development and consultancy.
Desperate Men is one of the UK’s most experienced artist-led outdoor arts companies, with a 37 year track record of creating original, challenging, and accessible street theatre.
One of the UK’s most versatile and inventive outdoor arts companies, Desperate Men’s mischievous, warm hearted work invites audiences to ask serious questions about the world.
Desperate Men also work as creative producers, integrating ideas and concepts with practical development for arts projects across the UK and Europe.
The work encompasses large scale outdoor and mid-scale street shows and indoor theatre, as well as educational and health initiatives, intercultural explorations, neighbourhood events and science projects.
Risk-taking and innovative, the company enjoys wide respect from peers and promoters for combining contemporary themes and topical content with a provocative, passionate
yet convivial style. Through theatrical interventions and comic interaction Desperate Men connect with all sorts of people – ordinary and extraordinary – in all sorts of places.
Current projects include touring Slapstick and Slaughter (Dada WW1 show), DNA arts (participatory project with hard to reach families in Bath and Radstock) & The Wye Valley River Festival 2018
The Pig Pen Riots
Slapstick and Slaughter
Our light and airy rehearsal space has been redecorated and updated for 2017 thanks to an Arts Council grant and is available for hire. New features include insulated floor, double glazing and a new kitchen. It’s a fantastic, low-cost venue for theatre company rehearsals, measuring 17 by 24 feet, with facilities including a piano, sofa and chairs, toilet and kitchen with sink, microwave and kettle. The studio is available for hire 7 days a week and is also great for location filming. Lights are on dimmer switches but are not full theatre lights. The room is not suitable for band rehearsals and unfortunately does not currently have disabled access.