Donate for ‘Washed Up’

We’ve been creating vital street theatre, with and for the people, for 37 years. Now we’re crowdfunding to help finish making Washed Up, a film that gives a candid, darkly comic insight into the combustible creative tension that compels us to continue our journey – and also threatens to end it. Can you support the project? CLICK HERE to find out more & donate!

Wye Valley River Festival 2018

The seeds have been sown for the third Wye Valley River Festival 2018. Whispers in the woods tell us the dates will be May 5th -19th 2018 and the theme will be TREES & WOODLAND. Click here to find out more about the festival, which will run from Hereford to Chepstow over three magical weeks.

Richard Headon and Jon Beedell

Slapstick & Slaughter

“Anarchic but consummately crafted sketches”The Stage

“A perfectly formed and darkly comic epic”Bristol 24/7

We’ve had a fantastic response to our WW1-inspired show Slapstick & Slaughter!

Find out more here and view our promo video.

See Us Live

Balloon tossing, trouser ripping, blooming in Bath and working with giant Weebles – we’re up to all sorts this summer. Click here to find out where you can see us and what we’ll be dressed as in the sunny months of 2017.

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!

Latest News

We’ve had a fantastic response to our WW1-inspired show Slapstick & Slaughter! Click below to see more.… Read more

Book us now

Read more for a full list of Desperate Men shows and animations available for booking in 2017 and beyond… Read more

Work With Us

From small, bespoke shows to epic outdoor arts productions, we can help you create amazing projects. Read on & get in touch… Read more