Wye Valley River Festival

The first ever Wye Valley River Festival has ended – two weeks of spectacular events from May 3 – 18th celebrating nature, culture, landscape and life along the River Wye in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Go to the Wye Valley River Festival page to find out more.

Richard Headon and Jon Beedell

Slapstick & Slaughter

‘The best thing you’ve ever done’, ‘Brilliantly conceived’, ‘funny and desperately sad’. We’ve had a fantastic response to our new WW1-inspired show Slapstick & Slaughter and are now taking bookings for this winter and beyond. Find out more here and view our promo video.

Saturday night audience - Battle for the Winds - credit Maisie Hill

Outside Online Report

Read the report from Outside Online 2014, our second live online forum for outdoor artists! The discussions ranged from debates about the future to how outdoor artists and indoor venues can work together. You can see the summary here.

Battle for the Winds

“An unbelievable scene. So beautiful – what an ending to a great show”Nigel Hinds, London 2012 Festival

Featuring 5000 artists, 2012 torchbearers and a total audience of 500,000, Battle for the Winds was a unique theatrical event from July 26-28, marking the opening of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing event. Read more here!

Creative Production

About Us

Would you like to test the limits of our imagination? We’re pretty sure it’s limitless, so get in touch if you have an idea that would benefit from a Desperate point of view – we’re always looking for new partners and projects.


Desperate Dictionary

The Desperate Dictionary is now live! Our video archive spans over 30 years and ranges from early, experimental shows to coverage of our latest productions. We’ve taken clips from a variety of silly, beautiful, musical, anarchic, serious and hilarious videos that demonstrate different aspects of our work and collected them into a dictionary of Desperation. Have a look!

Slapstick & Slaughter

‘The best thing you’ve ever done’. Read about our highly-praised new WW1-inspired show Slapstick & Slaughter.… Read more

July 2014 News

We now have some confirmed dates for Slapstick & Slaughter over the summer – go to the Slapstick & Slaughter… Read more

Work With Us

We’re available to take on projects in 2013 and beyond. Read about what we do here and get in touch!… Read more