Wye Valley River Festival 2016

Let the fanfare sound down the river from Hereford to Chepstow – the second Wye Valley River Festival is going ahead in 2016! With a central theme of ‘Global Arteries’, the festival will explore our complex relationship with water and its vital influence on our humanity and culture. It will run from April 29th to May 15th in the stunning Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Click here for more details.

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.

Picture credit: Layton Thompson

Spring 2015 News

Desperate Men turn 35 in 2015 and we are celebrating this half-decade by lining up new projects with tide and river themes, taking off our trousers in a Dadaist confrontation of war, hanging out with Stephen Fry and trying to bring the arts to people who can’t usually access them. Read more here.

(Picture credit: Layton Thompson)

Bristol Loves Tides

Water runs under, over and around Bristol, but how many people understand how and when it ebbs, flows, floods and falls? Bristol Loves Tides was part of the Green Capital 2015 programme and took audiences deep into the rhythm of our city’s water. Find out more here.

(Photo by Tom Walmsley)

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!

See us perform in 2015

Outdoors, indoors, North, South, East and West – you can catch us all over the UK in 2015. Confirmed gigs… Read more

Book us now

Shows and animations available for booking, including our highly-praised WW1-inspired show Slapstick & Slaughter… Read more

Work With Us

We’re available to take on projects in 2015 and beyond. Read about what we do here and get in touch… Read more